The former 2,200 acre Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island is in the middle of a long term conversion project into the largest park built in New York City in a hundred years. For a sense of scale, the park is approximately the size of Central Park (840 acres), Prospect Park (526 acres), and Flushing Meadows Corona Park (898 acres) combined. The park is a long term project broken down into phases, with the goal of full park completion by 2036.

via Field Condition

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Placemaking and livable urbanism: How Copenhagen reinvented itself



A cyclist rides through downtown Copenhagen. Photographer: Torbörn Larsson/Knight Foundation

The how—and why—of livable cities

The basic recipe for making livable cities is now widely known. For example, see the classic documentary on The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces” by William Whyte or the more recent The Human Scale” by Copenhagen’s Gehl Architects about how warm, social cities—instead of bleak, impersonal megacities—can be humanity’s future.

Put people first. Design for pedestrians, followed by cyclists and public transit. Make all three modes comfortable, affordable, efficient and accessible, to give people choices. In Copenhagen, the strategy emphasizes sidewalks and bike lanes that remain slightly elevated as they cross intersections, reminding cars to slow down.

Increasing the livability of downtown was a big part of the city’s recovery. By attracting residents, including young families, it improved the city’s tax base and generated funds for new projects. The population of greater Copenhagen continues to grow, and the city simply cannot accommodate several hundred thousand more cars daily. The world needs urgently needs more of such transformative projects!

Related Link:  Does placemaking help democracy?" by Andrew Sherry, Aug. 29 on Knight Blog



Road Safety Tips by thebolditalic with sfbike and walksf.

I love this. The “what are you trying to do” panel is particularly important in all kinds of traffic/travel, and it’s a huge pet peeve of mine. If you telegraph that you’re planning to turn right but have your left blinker on (which is an intersection faux pas I see all the time) it’s very confusing. When people can’t determine at a glance what you’re up to it increases the risk for accidents. Driving/walking/biking - it’s a conversation in a nonverbal language, and everyone is safer if we not only learn to interpret it, but actively use it.


Simmons Hall Cambridge MA by Steven Holl

Happy to be working with Steven Holl and Queens Library on our new library project in Long Island City.


Simmons Hall Cambridge MA by Steven Holl

Happy to be working with Steven Holl and Queens Library on our new library project in Long Island City.


Exhibition Tuesday!

Artist Shinique Smith created Mother Hale’s Garden, a permanent laminated glass and mosaic  artwork on the facade of the new Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot located between 146th and 147th  Street in Central Harlem. Smith’s exuberant brush strokes and vibrant collage  were translated into glass and ceramic mosaic that spans the building’s exterior. This past weekend, Smith’s solo exhibition Bright Matter opened at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston features 30 of her key works from this past decade with more than a dozen new pieces, on view until March, 2015.

Images: 1-2. Shinique Smith, Mother Hale’s Garden, 2013.

3. Shinique Smith, Splendid, 2014.

(Source: mtaartsdesign)

We’re betting this is the first time kids have made construction fencing for a DDC plaza project. The fencing is as great as the new Astor Place and Cooper Square Plaza will be. Kids enjoying the street fairs (part of DOT’s Summer Streets) were invited to paint images that are hung to form temporary construction site wrap panels. While the kids paint, the parents have the opportunity to speak with our project Community Construction Liaison about what to expect throughout the project’s construction and about some of the project’s innovations, such as how the plaza will reclaim water.

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