New resilient waterfront park helps protect NYC from storm surges

June 28, 2018 by  
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Waterfront parks have been springing up all over New York City, including in Long Island City, where Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park just completed its second phase this week. Designed by SWA/Balsley in collaboration with Weiss/Manfredi , this resilient stretch of parkland replaces 11 acres of abandoned industrial sites and boasts spectacular views of Manhattan’s skyline. In addition to a wide array of recreational facilities and equipment, the park was also integrated with salt marshes and native plantings that serve as a natural line of defense against extreme weather and storm surges. As New York City moves full-speed ahead on reclaiming the waterfront for the public, Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park joins an impressive lineup of post-industrial parks including the recently completed Domino Park in Brooklyn . Crafted to feel like New York City’s newest “island,” the new park features lush habitat as well as recreational and cultural features, like New York-based artist Nobuho Nagasawa’s ‘Luminescence’ land art installation. The landscape was sculpted in response to projected flooding patterns and rising water levels of the East River. “It’s a new kind of park,” said lead landscape architect Tom Balsley of SWA/Balsley, for whom the $100 million park project has been 25 years in the making. “Hunter’s Point South is at once resilient infrastructure and contemplative retreat — a dynamic, living platform with extraordinary power to touch the daily lives of so many people.” Related: 10 landscape design projects that turned neglected spaces into incredible parks The first phase, located closer to the ferry terminal, was completed in 2013 and serves as the more active half of the park with bicycle pathways, basketball courts, a playground, fitness equipment and a turf field. The second 5.5-acre phase added more walking trails, a kayak launch, picnicking areas and a  promenade that leads to the Overlook, a 30-foot-tall cantilevered platform with sweeping views of Manhattan skyline and East River. The park officially opened to the public this week. + SWA/Balsley + Weiss/Manfredi Images by Albert Vecerka Esto and Bill Tatham

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HASSELL and MVRDV tackle climate change in the Bay Area

January 31, 2018 by  
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A HASSELL -led design team that includes MVRDV has unveiled their preliminary proposed design strategy for tackling climate change in the San Francisco Bay Area as part of the yearlong Resilient by Design research challenge. The design team collected research by collaborating with local residents, design firms, experts, and public officials. Their findings identify existing areas of weakness in South San Francisco and potential design solutions for San Mateo County; the team will further develop the proposed strategy that will be presented in May. Modeled after the successful Rebuild by Design challenge, Resilient by Design asked designers around the world to develop community-based solutions that would protect the San Francisco Bay Area from sea level rise , severe storms, flooding, and earthquakes. Ten winning design teams were selected to embark on the yearlong research and design challenge, among them the HASSELL-led team that includes MVRDV, Deltares, Goudappel, Lotus Water, Civic Edge, Idyllist, Hatch, and Page & Turnbull. “ Climate change is real, by the end of the century there will be a sea level rise of 2 meters. Bay Area communities respond to this challenge in a multi-disciplinary approach to upgrade their general resilience,” said Nathalie de Vries, MVRDV co-founder. “We developed a flexible toolbox for San Mateo which helps the local community by revitalising public spaces that collect and connect people and water.” Related: Resilient infrastructure proposal aims to protect San Francisco Bay from rising sea levels Their recently released renderings and diagrams offer proposals for reconnecting San Francisco communities to the waterfront and for protecting the land from climate challenges. The team drew on historic precedent, such as responses to the devastating 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and observations of the recent Northern California wildfires. “The team now has the opportunity to apply its ‘collect and connect’ toolkit to proposed sites in South San Francisco,” wrote the design team, referring to the way streets and creeks are rethought of as connectors from a water management standpoint, while adaptive open spaces serve as collectors for everyday gathering, big events, and disaster assembly. “At Colma Creek, HASSELL has imagined a new Shoreline Park. Meanwhile, Grand Avenue will become a vital community hub with a drop-in storefront people can visit during the design phase. The team’s design process will draw heavily on local voices and insights to ensure that design solutions – which will be presented in May – reflect the community’s needs. In addition to the drop-in centre, city residents will be able to access a digital platform to learn about adapting for resilience and get involved in decision making.” + HASSELL + MVRDV Images via MVRDV

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Architecture for Humanity Celebrates 15th Anniversary, Announces Eric Cesal as New Director

June 11, 2014 by  
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Architecture for Humanity , the nonprofit that uses design to improve and change lives around the world, has just announced Eric Cesal as their newly appointed Executive Director. The announcement coincides with the organization’s 15th anniversary year in service to communities across the globe. As Architecture for Humanity transitions into new leadership, the nonprofit has also unveiled a renewed vision and mission for the future. Read the rest of Architecture for Humanity Celebrates 15th Anniversary, Announces Eric Cesal as New Director Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture for Humanity , architecture for humanity executive director , architecture for humanity mission , architecture nonprofit , cameron sinclair , eric cesal , haiti rebuilding center , Kate Stohr , Katrina reconstruction program , resiliency

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Rebuild By Design Competition Winners Announced – $1 Billion Awarded to Protect East Coast From Future Storms

June 3, 2014 by  
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MAT-TER Architects Unveil Plans for Typhoon-Resilient Guiuan National High School in the Philippines

May 5, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of MAT-TER Architects Unveil Plans for Typhoon-Resilient Guiuan National High School in the Philippines Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture for Humanity , bamboo , Climate Change , department of education of the Philippines , emergency shelter , extreme weather , guiuan national high school , massive open online course , Mat-ter architects , mooc typhoon haiyan , Philippines , rainwater harvesting , resiliency , resilient architecture , storm-resistant architecture , typhoon haiyan

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Beautiful Box-Frame Chairs Made from Bamboo

March 25, 2010 by  
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Designer Jeff Dah-Yue Shi has taken moso bamboo and turned it into a modern chair that thoughtfully makes reference to Chinese literature and philosophy. While a neat geometric box design is depicted when viewed from the front, a much deeper meaning is revealed in profile where the Chinese character for “noble man” is seen. Delicate in both appearance and feel, and with a bit of bounce in the seat, each bamboo slat chair can actually sustain a load of up to 450 pounds – a true testament to both the resiliency and beauty of this renewable resource

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iSpotSwap iPhone App Will Save You From Parking Anxiety

March 25, 2010 by  
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Quick–how many hours of your life have you spent in the car searching for parking spots and wasting precious gasoline (and cash) in the process? A new iPhone app called iSpotSwap could make parking problems a thing of the past. The free app’s usefulness is twofold–it finds open parking spots and notifies others when you are about to vacate a spot

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Pre-Packaged Vertical Gardens Give a Green Glow to Urban Spaces

March 25, 2010 by  
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We live in a world where pre-packaged items have begun blur the lines between what is natural and what is not. So why should our outdoor gardens be any different? Taking note of the lack of green spaces in many large contemporary cities, the designers at Luzinterruptus have come up with a tongue-in-cheek vertical garden that will turn concrete urban sprawl into a glowing green “garden.” Read the rest of Pre-Packaged Vertical Gardens Give a Green Glow to Urban Spaces Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Contemporary Gardens , Luzinterrutus , Modern Gardens , Packaged Vertical Garden , public spaces , urban gardens , urban spaces , vertical garden , Wall Decor

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Stunning Zinc-Skinned Office Wins 2010 ZeroFootprint Award

March 25, 2010 by  
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ZeroFootprint holds an annual competition for renovated buildings that showcase the most successful, holistic retrofitting projects of the year.

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