Posted in CITIES, FOOD, LAM ONLINE, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, PARKS, SOIL, tagged Daikon, Dan Kiley, Eero Saarinen, Gateway Arch, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, Radish, Renovation, restoration, Soil remeadiation, St. Louis on March 30, 2017|
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BY ZACH MORTICE
Tillage radish is similar in shape, size, taste, and color to daikon radish. Image courtesy of MVVA.
Oilseed radish, or Raphanus sativus, goes by the name “tillage radish,” “radish ripper,” “fracking radish,” and the comic book-worthy “turbo radish.” It can reach its two-inch-wide taproots down six feet, breaking up compacted soil and rebalancing nutrient levels, and is commonly put to work as a cover crop in agricultural fields. But the designers at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) found another, more high-profile use for them: to remediate the soil during the renovation of the Gateway Arch grounds in St. Louis, one of the largest and most important landscape revamp projects in the nation. This reimagining of Dan Kiley’s mid-20th-century landscape is using an unprecedented application of soil-remediating vegetation into this sort of sensitive and historic National Park Service property, says Adrienne Heflich, an MVVA senior project manager.
It’s one sort of drilling operating that, even though it’s in a national park, is entirely welcome.
MVVA’s plan makes the park more flexibly programmed, (more…)
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Posted in BROWNFIELDS, CITIES, HISTORY, LAM MAGAZINE, REUSE, tagged abandoned, Aegean Sea, airplanes, airport, Alex Ulam, Alimos, Antoinette Nassopoulos-Erickson, Argyroupolis, ASLA, Athens, Charles Anderson, Eero Saarinen, Europe, FASLA, Foster + Partners, Glyfada, graffiti, Greece, Greek, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Hellinikon, Hellinikon International Airport, international competition, Lamda Development, Mediterranean, Melendrez, mythology, National Garden, National Technical University of Athens, native, Olympic Sculpture Park, Olympics, Philippe Coignet, placemaking, repurpose, sustainable, Syriza, Thomas Doxiadis, top soil, University of Patras, urban, Weiss/Manfredi, Werk on March 24, 2016|
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BY ALEX ULAM
From Los Angeles, Charles Anderson, FASLA, tackles the site of a lifetime at the old Athens airport.
The Hellinikon, an enormous area on the outskirts of Athens, Greece, is testament to how rapidly man-made forms literally can go to seed. From a hillside overgrown with unruly purple bougainvillea, you can see hundreds of structures in various states of decay across a vast expanse that terminates at a highway along the Aegean Sea. Just below, clumps of scrub grass have thrust their way up between stadium seating overlooking a complex of structures that includes a series of moldering concrete ramps built for a 2004 Summer Olympics kayaking event.
Near the decaying Olympic venues are the sprawling remains of the former Hellinikon International Airport. These include the ghostly, white-columned terminal for international flights designed by Eero Saarinen. Today, this modernist interpretation of Greek temple architecture is fenced off, and through the broken windows under its porticos, you can see rubble. The concrete runways are cracked, and they have large puddles, oases for seagulls and packs of wild dogs. Security guards cruise around in unmarked cars; they are the only other people anyone is likely to find on the grounds. Next to the terminal is a row of jets, several with retractable stairs attached. At first they look as though (more…)
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