Vancouver, Canada from above
One of the things I’m really interested in is how very built-out cities will be able to expand park space for increasingly dense populations. In these cases, cities often turn to the harder spaces like defunct industrial areas, hydro corridors, or out of service rail lines.
An idea that hadn’t crossed my mind was to build a park bridge. But that is exactly what it seems London may be doing with a new infusion of $30 million pounds announced by the British government for a project that would build a garden bridge over the Thames. With that funding, nearly half of the $150 million pounds needed has been secured.
The park bridge also fits into the idea of the park as a new kind of high-deisgn mega-project that cities are increasingly willing to bet their money on in the hopes that it will spur the kind of real estate scramble and tourist stampede that New York’s High Line has done.
These mega-parks with their eye-popping designs are certainly attractive—and I think as a form of mega-project to stimulate an area do better than the old idea of plunking down a stadium—but I hope the result is not thinly stretched park budgets that leave these cities struggling to keep up with maintenance.
Flashy new parks often come with with flashy designs that are expensive to maintain. And getting rich donors and foundations to pony up for maintenance is much harder than collecting cash for construction. Everyone loves to cut a ribbon after all. I would hope that the fundraising push for any new mega-park like this would also come with an endowment that can fund maintenance for years to come.
image from The Independent.
A great Meet in the Middle to brighten your morning! Thank you Lauren and Kassie!
Beautiful. So many people have done Meet in the Middle (I’m editing mine right now), and they’re all great.
Almost everyone seems to experience a lot of anxiety around not being able to contact the person before meeting, but then from what I can tell (and have experienced) the joy of the actual meeting is much more intense, all the more so because the meeting is happening in some weird and semi-arbitrary place.
The Braves are moving out and the Falcons are building a new home. But after decades of empty promises, few are cheering.
Much to the chagrin of carriage operators.
"Somehow SHoP has managed to please both architecture critics and real estate developers—perhaps its most impressive trick of all."
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Sochi’s Olympic venues have generally been excellent, yet there’s always a disconnect between the expense needed to construct them and the limited time for which they’re actually needed. What happens to Sochi’s sparkling arenas after the Games leave?
The Real Estate of the City
To love a place is to accept it for all that it is.
Foreclosure/vacancy/neglect in Milwaukee grows at a troubling rate. As we search for clarity and solutions, numbers cannot communicate the impact. The magnitude is so large, it can be confusing — it can be paralyzing. But the problem belongs to us all. Milwaukee’s foreclosure/vacancy/neglect can create an anger and frustration full of important information — an impulse to learn. To act.
The Real Estate of the City is 1200 nails, each representing a foreclosed home, pounded into its location on a map of Milwaukee. The project was presented at the State of the City address on the morning of 2/25/2013 in the Pritzlaff Building. It was executed by a small group of people who conceived of the idea less than a week ago and is the first in a series of projects attempting to visualize and untangle the scale/scope of foreclosure/vacancy/neglect in the city. It is a simple gesture using available resources to engage with a complex problem.
To love Milwaukee is to accept it for all that it is.