Posted in ART, CITIES, LAM ONLINE, TRANSPORTATION, tagged Amtrak, graffiti, Katharina Grosse, Mural Arts, Philadelphia, psychylustro, Rail Corridor, street art, Train on October 24, 2016|
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As part of Philadelphia’s celebrated Mural Arts program, the German artist Katharina Grosse was invited to paint an episodic series of painted landscapes and buildings along the busy Northeast Corridor rail lines. The resulting composition, called psychylustro, splashes warm clouds of neon graffiti on decaying buildings and hardscrabble landscapes, implicitly calling attention to the conditions and context for this kind of postindustrial decay, even as viewers zoom by in an Amtrak train. “It’s about an astonishing encounter with painting,” Grosse says.
Editor’s note: This post originally referred to the site as a “disused” rail corridor. It has been updated to reflect that it is located along the very active Northeast Corridor.
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Posted in BROWNFIELDS, COMPETITIONS, HISTORIC LANDSCAPES, LAM MAGAZINE, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, PRESERVATION, tagged Alexander Hamilton, archaeology, brick, Centennial, Darren Boch, foodways, Gianfranco Archimede, graffiti, Great Falls Bridge, Hamilton Partnership for Paterson, Hinchliffe Stadium, Historic Preservation Commission, hydroelectric, industrial, Industrial Revolution, James Corner Field Operations, June Williamson, Karen Tamir, L'Enfant, Larry Doby, Leonard A. Zax, Mary Ellen Kramer Park, master plan, National Historical Park, National Natural Landmark, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, National Parks Now, New Jersey, NPS, Paterson, Paterson Great Falls, Pierre Charles L'Enfant, Ralph Applebaum Associates, ruins, scale, Silk City, Team Paterson, Theodore Best, Tom Stoelker, Van Alen Institute on August 25, 2016|
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BY TOM STOELKER
At Paterson Great Falls, one of the newer national parks, Americans made many things, including history.
Paterson, New Jersey, is a tough town. Gang violence is prevalent, teachers are being laid off, and about 30 percent of the city’s residents live in poverty. But the city’s got soul. On Market Street, the lively main thoroughfare, bachata music spills from 99-cent stores, and the scent of Peruvian food wafts through the air. Paterson has been a magnet for immigration since the 19th century, and the reason why is found nearby. Twenty minutes from the center of town is the Great Falls, now part of Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, where the Passaic River makes a majestic drop of 77 feet off basalt rock cliffs before it continues its twisted path. These are the falls that made Paterson.
In 1778, Alexander Hamilton, General George Washington’s aide-de-camp, recognized the river’s potential to harness power for both manufacturing and geopolitics. Hamilton understood the young nation needed to grow its industry to be independent of Europe. Through a group he helped form in 1791, the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures (SUM), Hamilton chose Paterson as the site of the nation’s first planned manufacturing development.
Gianfranco Archimede, who today directs Paterson’s Historic Preservation Commission, said: “At the end of the war, the king essentially said, (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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