Tag Archives: By M. Shakespeare

Jacksonville Steps Ahead

Florida’s Emerald Trail strides toward a more walkable future.

By Margaret Shakespeare

An open trail within a park
The trail will create connections to the water and offer opportunities for nature-based play. SCAPE, courtesy Groundwork Jacksonville

McCoys Creek Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida, is a major thoroughfare that increasingly is closed to traffic because of flooding, even after a routine afternoon shower. It’s one of many areas in the city that, due to aging infrastructure like undersized pipes and inadequate drainage—particularly in older residential neighborhoods—now experiences chronic flooding events. Continue reading Jacksonville Steps Ahead

Sky is the Limit

HMWhite’s roof garden holds its own among the landmarks at Rockefeller Center.

By Margaret Shakespeare

On what was once a dingy rooftop, HMWhite created a plan that focused on procession and private moments. Photo © Tishman Speyer.

In the first half of the 20th century, Rockefeller Center set new urban design standards. Its features have become New York City cultural fixtures: the Rainbow Room, the Channel Gardens, and the grand promenade leading to the massive, gilded Prometheus statue hovering above the sunken ice rink. Continue reading Sky is the Limit

Force and Counterforce

A designer and a sculptor deploy an arsenal of digital and industrial tools to produce ContraFuerte.

By Margaret Shakespeare

The sculptor Miguel Horn assembles the first half of ContraFuerte in his West Philadelphia studio. Image courtesy Miguel Horn.

The Philadelphia sculptor Miguel Horn’s latest work may not look particularly technological, but it is the product of a sophisticated design and fabrication process that many landscape architects may recognize. Continue reading Force and Counterforce

Another Way for Highways

A sophisticated stormwater system elevates Philadelphia’s Girard Avenue interchange.

By Margaret Shakespeare

Around the world, cities are demolishing, burying, or capping their elevated freeways, but an interstate in Philadelphia provides a possible alternative—one in which the highway stays up but connectivity, open space, and water quality are still prized. Continue reading Another Way for Highways