Archive for the ‘urban renewal’ Category

portland oregon, the greener city

portland oregon, the greener city

Portland is one of the greenest cities in North America, having started urban renovation projects and investing in public transportation decades earlier than other centers. It is the first city in US to start a comprehensive CO2 emission plan through The City of Portland green building program and their investment in light rail, buses and […]

spectacular green roof installed at toronto city hall

spectacular green roof installed at toronto city hall

When Viljo Revell designed Toronto City Hall back in the sixties, the podium roof was for grand entries; you could drive up the ramp and walk right into the Council Chambers. It never quite worked out that way and was pretty much ignored for years. Not any more; this weekend Mayor Miller cut the ribbon […]

congress for the new urbanism

The New Urbanist movement took root in the early eighties as a response to the wasteful and bland architecture of modernist suburban development. The movement solidified in the official form of ”Congress for the New Urbanism”, a body encompassing architects, planners, environmentalists, financiers, developers and other activists promoting healthy cities, walkable neighbourhoods and expansion of […]

requiem for detroit

Julien Temple’s new film is a vivid evocation of an apocalyptic vision: a slow-motion Katrina that has had many more victims. Detroit was once America’s fourth largest city. Built by the car for the car, with its groundbreaking suburbs, freeways and shopping centres, it was the embodiment of the American dream. But its intense race […]

jill anholt: making connections

jill anholt: making connections

subtle technologies presentation Sustainability has become an all-encompassing term that allows us to view the whole world through its lens. Its definition has expanded from our influence on the natural environment to include social, cultural and economic structures of the human condition, tying us together within a vast network of relationships. It is this cloud […]

underpass park

underpass park

Waterfront Toronto and landscape architect Greg Smallenberg (PFS) as we unveil plans for Underpass Park, the most extensive park to be built under an overpass in Canada. Located under the Eastern and Richmond/Adelaide overpasses in Torontos West Don Lands area (home of the 2015 Pan Am Games Athletes Village), this new park will transform a […]

no park

no park

NoPark returns “no parking zones”—mostly those associated fire hydrant placement–to low growth mosses, and grasses. These micro green spaces use foliage to stabilize the soil and to provide a durable low maintenance surface cover in addition to other benefits.  These microparks can continue to provide emergency parking space for fire trucks and exasperated Fresh-direct delivery […]

toronto tower renewal

toronto tower renewal

The Toronto area contains the second largest concentration of high-rise buildings in North America. The majority of these are modern concrete residential buildings, built during the City’s post-war expansion. The Tower Renewal Project is an initiative to re-examine these buildings’ remarkable heritage, neighbourhood histories, current place in our city, and future potential in a green […]

velo-city: chris hardwicke

velo-city: chris hardwicke

Velo-city is part concept, part vision. It is a highway for bikes, a network of elevated bikeways that connect distant parts of the city. Each direction of travel in Velo-city has a separate bikeway tube with three lanes of traffic for slow, medium and fast travel. The separation of direction reduces wind resistance and creates […]

the green corridor: noel harding + rod strickland

the green corridor: noel harding + rod strickland

The Green Corridor is a groundbreaking initiative for generating a green redevelopment of the international bridge corridor linking Canada to the United States. As a gateway to the City of Windsor, the corridor presents opportunities to involve local communities in transforming their environment. Traveling along its 2 km length, visitors will experience a new conception […]