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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

Competition for London’s Very Own High Line

Competition for London’s Very Own High Line

Not to be outdone by the Big Apple, London’s mayor, Boris Johnson finally sees sense and throws down the gauntlet for a High Line for London. The competition run in conjunction with the Landscape Institute and Garden Museum is a call to extend the capital’s green infrastructure which could also involve transport links and can … 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

Rooftop Gardens in the Big Apple

Rooftop Gardens in the Big Apple

Featured today in The Daily Mail are a series of aerial views of rooftop gardens across Manhattan. From colleges and apartment blocks to hotels and corporate buildings – everyone is getting involved. And it shows that whatever the structure, you can invariably get some kind of green space onto the roof. There may be insufficient … 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

Best Street Trees

Best Street Trees

After having spent the last few hours researching the best trees to withstand pollution and remain relatively compact of habit for one of my clients, I thought it might be the kind of thing other landscape architects and designers may find useful. Acer campestre ‘Streetwise’ – Field MapleA very versatile tree that tolerates compaction, pollution and drought. Also serves … Continue reading

Solutions to Urban Sprawl

Solutions to Urban Sprawl

There seems to be two ways in which to cope with the increasing urban population – to build up, and to build down. By the end of 2012 Milan will be home to the world’s first truly vertical urban forest.  With a budget of 65 million Euros, this will hopefully be a blueprint for the … Continue reading

596 Acres: Reclaiming New York’s Public Land

596 Acres: Reclaiming New York’s Public Land

596 Acres is a public education project aimed at making communities aware of the land resources around them. With the goal of a food sovereign New York City in mind, 596 Acres is helping neighbours form connections to the vacant lots in their lives — from the smallest allotment to public parks (see myrtlepark.org). Thanks … Continue reading