Main Ecourbanism

Ecourbanism

loading
The Chicago Riverwalk: Unity and Diversity

The Chicago Riverwalk: Unity and Diversity

(Issue of a magazine 4/2018, page 10)

The Chicago Riverwalk is an open, pedestrian waterfront located on the south bank of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, Illinois. It spans from Lake Shore Drive to Lake Street. The Riverwalk contains restaurants, park-seating, boat rentals, and other activities. Transforming derelict infrastructure, the 1.25-mile Chicago Riverwalk represents a new chapter for the city’s public space and the reinvention of urban life. Catalyzing the slow-rolling transformation of the city’s neglected spaces and the remnants of its industrial heyday, the Chicago Riverwalk is an achievement of 15 years of planning and construction. This project has activated the city’s waterfront and generated a wealth of economic, recreational, and ecological benefits.

The Mews, or Regeneration of the Urban Fabric

The Mews, or Regeneration of the Urban Fabric

(Issue of a magazine 4/2018, page 20)

Streets are the arteries of our cities. Represented approach for a small commercial re-development in downtown Toronto questions what street retail can be in the twenty-first century – more specifically, in dense, mixed-use urban neighbourhoods undergoing massive change. Acting on the public realm by giving public spaces back to the city, the proposal called The Mews merges civic and commercial life.

London Wall Place – the Latest Layer of History

London Wall Place – the Latest Layer of History

(Issue of a magazine 4/2018, page 28)

Make Architects has completed work on its London Wall Place project, a new commercial scheme offering the largest set of public gardens developed in the City of London since the post-war brutalist Barbican estate on behalf of Brookfield Properties and Oxford Properties. The scheme comprises two office buildings surrounded by extensive public realm including a series of public gardens and reimagined elevated pedestrian walkways to link the neighbouring Barbican with the City of London.

Nijmegen – the Green Future of the Ancient City

Nijmegen – the Green Future of the Ancient City

(Issue of a magazine 3/2018, page 12)

In 2018, Dutch Nijmegen bears the title of European Green Capital. This is the oldest city in the Netherlands, the first mention of which dates back to the beginning of the I century AD. Today, being one of the largest inland ports and having a developed industry, it clearly follows the path of sustainable development. A dynamic city has emerged from a turbulent history to act as a role model for a cleaner Europe. A new green economy, innovative ecological management, sustainable mobility practices, energy projects and unique models of housing have contributed to Nijmegen being at the forefront of Europe’s sustainability movement. 

Dutch Bridge Plays with High Water

Dutch Bridge Plays with High Water

(Issue of a magazine 3/2018, page 24)

Zalige bridge by Next Architects turns high water into attraction. The Dutch know how to live with water. The Zalige Bridge by Next Architects i.c.w. H+N+S Landscape Architects has become the proof of this. The bridge is slowly submerging under the rising water and is reachable only through stepping stones. It became the ultimate place to experience the high water. In the dutch city of Nijmegen, where the bridge is located, water levels of 12,0 m NAP+ are being measured. Such height was reached only once in the last 15 years. In the past this would have been a threat, but now the high water became an attraction. 

The Hydroelectric Canal, or How to Live Comfortably Near Water

The Hydroelectric Canal, or How to Live Comfortably Near Water

(Issue of a magazine 3/2018, page 30)

Boston-based architectural firm Paul Lukez Architecture offers to harness clean energy through hydropower generation from tidal changes and storm surges in low-lying urban areas as a means of shaping economically and environmentally resilient, self-sustaining communities. The proposal offers an array of integrated landscaping, ecological restoration, urban development and financing strategies for achieving this goal. The latter include public-private partnerships for creating a new energy-producing, amenity-laden infrastructure that reduces risk to communities and investors. 

Dallas: Earth Day – Every Day!

Dallas: Earth Day – Every Day!

(Issue of a magazine 2/2018, page 14)

Dallas is the vibrant, urban center of the North Texas region. Dallas grew with the oil and cotton industries to become a major economic center with advanced banking, telecommunications and technology, and research industries. Dallas’s success is built by bold leadership of innovative ideas. Big things happen here! Nevertheless Dallas faces many challenges. Severe weather events, disease outbreaks, and economic disparity have tested Dallas’ mettle. These experiences and conditions have reinforced the City’s need to ensure regional systems such as economic development, public health, and transportation are crosscutting and collaboratively working to create a more resilient Dallas.

 

Klyde Warren Park – Regeneration of the Urban Fabric

Klyde Warren Park – Regeneration of the Urban Fabric

(Issue of a magazine 2/2018, page 26)

Klyde Warren Park is Dallas’s central urban park that has bridged the eight-lane Woodall Rodgers Freeway, which had been a barrier between Downtown and Uptown. The park reconnects the city’s downtown cultural district with the neighborhoods to the north. The park is designed to reflect the district through its modern design. The park has been warmly embraced by the community and has been a catalyst for economic development. In 2017, Klyde Warren Park was named the winner of the professional award of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

Museum Modernization as an Urban Development Project

Museum Modernization as an Urban Development Project

(Issue of a magazine 2/2018, page 32)

Museum at the Gateway Arch was opened after reconstruction and expansion in St. Louis, Missouri, in July 2018. Supported by the Gateway Arch Park Foundation and National Park Service, Cooper Robertson and James Carpenter Design Associates with Trivers Associates are seeing the completion of their design of the Museum at the Gateway Arch. Underneath the Arch, created by architect Eero Saarinen, formerly known as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, is a visitor center, entered from a circular entryway facing the Old Courthouse. Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd President of the United States, opened the way to the West for American immigrants, giving consent to the acquisition of Louisiana in 1803 – French possessions in North America, as a result of which the Western border of the United States moved to the Rocky mountains, and the territory has more than doubled.

Media City: Community as a Matrix System

Media City: Community as a Matrix System

(Issue of a magazine 2/2018, page 40)

Istanbul-based GAD Architecture has unveiled Media City, a multimedia-based industrial complex to serve Istanbul’s future airport, projected to be the world’s largest upon completion. Recognized with a Future Project Award by the Architectural Review, Media City will incorporate industrial buildings in an urban setting inspired by QR codes, where artistic and cultural values co-exist with a celebration of environmental and technological progress.