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Manhattan’s Low Line Gathers Momentum

Manhattan’s Low Line Gathers Momentum

New York’s Lower East Side may soon be home to The Low Line  – yes you guessed it and underground version of The highly successful High Line and a great way to utilise disused rail tracks. Sitting beneath Delancey Street & Essex Street subways there’s approximately 2 acres of abandoned trolley terminal that has not … Continue reading

London Olympics South Park

London Olympics South Park

As London’s Olympic summer draws to a close, it will be remembered as much for the  glorious Olympic Park which will get the royal seal of approval in being renamed the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and dubbed as ‘no ordinary park’ when it is officially re-opened in July 2013. This will provide a great legacy … Continue reading

Glow in the Dark Skateboard Park

Glow in the Dark Skateboard Park

As recently posted by Global Urban Art blog, Korean artist Koo Jeong-A in association with the Belgian firm L’Escaut Architecture have recently completed their project of an amazing Skateboard Park on an island in the middle of Lac de Vessiviere, a large reservoir in the Limousin region. The most spectacular aspect about this wonderful creation … Continue reading

Green Occupation in Beirut

Green Occupation in Beirut

The World Health Organisation recommends 12 square metres of green space per capita. Beirut has less than one, which prompted locals to spend Saturday in whatever little bit of green they can find (or create) in protest to the continued closure of their local park, Horsh Beirut. Closed over twenty years ago, they were promised … Continue reading

Another High Line for NYC

Another High Line for NYC

This time it’s New Jersey who are looking to re-use a derelict site. The old Pennsylvania Rail Road that ran down to the Hudson Waterfront could be a new outstanding elevated park at the Harsimus Stem Embankment section.It’s been caught up in legal battles for the past 13 years, but The Embankment Preservation Coalition are … Continue reading

Hyde Parklife – By Design

Hyde Parklife – By Design

Now in its twelfth year, London’s Serpentine Gallery commissions an architect to design a temporary pavilion in the surrounding Hyde Park as a gathering place for visitors to hear lectures and soak up the atmosphere. This year, Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei along with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron have created a mirror-like, disc-shaped … Continue reading

Frederick Law Olmsted

Frederick Law Olmsted

I’ve just stumbled across this rather enlightening video by Rebecca Messner, assistant editor to Urbanite Magazine, which explores the evolution of urban parks in America. Beginning with the granddaddy of American landscape architects, the man behind New York’s Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted. In her article at Grist.org, Rebecca raises the thorny subject of his … Continue reading

Aberdeen City Garden Competition

Aberdeen City Garden Competition

Aberdeen, Scotland’s most northerly city is facing a choice about its future, with oil proceeds rapidly declining, it must find an alternative future if it is to continue to economically survive. In a progressive move the focus  of attention has turned to Aberdeen Gardens, an underdeveloped green space slap bang in the centre of the … Continue reading