Posted in ART, BIRDS, CITIES, LAM ONLINE, PARKS, STREETS, tagged Avenida Houston, birds, Convention Center, diversity, Houston, HoustonFirst, Immigration, industry, Migration, Natalia Beard, nature, promenade, sculpture, Superbowl LI, SWA on January 31, 2017|
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BY ZACH MORTICE
Avenida Houston is a 60-foot-wide promenade in front of Houston’s convention center. Image courtesy of Jonnu Singleton/SWA.
Avenida Houston was designed to celebrate the flyway paths of migratory birds and the vibrant energy economy that has made Houston attractive to domestic and international migrants alike. But in early February a new set of visitors will be attracted to this linear plaza: Football fans drawn by the suite of Super Bowl programming unfurled at the nearby (and newly renovated) George R. Brown Convention Center, and Super Bowl LI, to be played a few miles away at NRG Stadium.
Avenida Houston, designed by SWA Group, is a four-acre, 60-foot-wide strip of space that turned a desolate and unforgiving stretch of multilane traffic in front of the city’s convention center into an informal promenade. Two central themes, seemingly opposed, animate this new public event space: Houston’s industry and nature. “The conversation really started as, (more…)
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Posted in ART, ASLA, AWARDS, LAM ONLINE, PLANNING, tagged 2016 ASLA, Analysis and Planning, Art Director's Cut, Chris McGee, Houston, master plan, Memorial Park, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, Professional Awards, rendering on September 8, 2016|
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The things our art director, Chris McGee, hated to leave out of the current issue of LAM.
Credit: MIR for Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.
A rendering from the ASLA 2016 Analysis & Planning Professional Honor Award winner “Memorial Park Master Plan 2015” by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects in the September 2016 issue, featuring the reworking and restoration of Memorial Park in Houston.
“Morning fog, photorealistic edition.”
—Chris McGee, LAM Art Director
You can read the full table of contents for September 2016 or pick up a free digital issue of the September LAM here and share it with your clients, colleagues, and friends. As always, you can buy this issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine at more than 700 bookstores, including many university stores and independents, as well as at Barnes & Noble. You can also buy single digital issues for only $5.25 at Zinio or order single copies of the print issue from ASLA. Annual subscriptions for LAM are a thrifty $59 for print and $44.25 for digital. Our subscription page has more information on subscription options.
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Posted in CITIES, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES, LAM MAGAZINE, PLANNING, tagged Alberta, Arthur Comey, ASLA, Bayou, Bayou Greenway Initiative Plan, Bayou Greenways Initiative, bike, Brays Bayou, Brian Barth, Buffalo Bayou, Cambridge Village Park, Canada, Charles Place, conservation, creek valleys, Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, FASLA, flood control, Green Grid, greenway, Houston, Houston Parks Board, Infrastructure, Kevin Shanley, Keystone XL pipeline, Kinder Baumgardner, liability, linear park, Obama administration, Sims Bayou, State Department, stormwater, SWA Group, Texas, White House on March 17, 2016|
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BY BRIAN BARTH
Parks and bike paths embroider the city in the Bayou Greenway Initiative Plan.
Kinder Baumgardner, ASLA, the president of SWA Group and the managing principal of its Houston office, is not the type of landscape architect to shy away from controversial ideas. In 2013, at the zenith of the vitriolic debate around the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, he sent an unsolicited design proposal to the White House, the State Department, the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce, and a slew of other federal agencies with a stake in the project. In it were a set of overlay maps of the proposed route that illustrated various ecological and cultural dimensions of the pipeline landscape, as well as a set of renderings suggesting that a bike path be built within the pipeline corridor from its starting point in Hardisty, Alberta, down to the terminus in Port Arthur, Texas, near Houston.
“It was roundly hated,” says Baumgardner of the idea, insisting it was not an endorsement of the pipeline but an attempt to puncture the status quo notion of “infrastructure as a one-dimensional thing.” Reactions were neatly divided along ideological lines. “Some people saw it as: ‘You’re trying to make this bad thing better, and that might mean it would get built.’ On the other side, people who were much more conservative were saying, ‘You shouldn’t be doing this; it’s going to make it difficult to operate and they’ll end up closing it down.’”
The Obama administration recently gave what appears to be the final ax to the (more…)
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Posted in HOUSE CALL, LAM MAGAZINE, PARKS, PLANNING, tagged Athens, Atlanta, Bayou Greenway Initiative Plan, Canada, DTAH, Georgia, Greece, Hellinikon, Houston, Hudson River, Little Mulberry Park, Long Dock Park, March, New York, promenade, Queens Quay Boulevard, Reed Hilderbrand, Savino & Miller Design Studio, state, SWA Group, Texas, Toronto, urban park, West 8, What's New on March 1, 2016|
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The March LAM focuses on Charles Anderson, FASLA, and the long and winding road to redesign Hellinikon, an abandoned airport in Athens, into what would be one of the largest urban parks in Europe; the transformation of Long Dock Park in Beacon, NY, from a derelict property on the Hudson River into an amenity for local residents, by Reed Hilderbrand; and Queens Quay Boulevard, by West 8 in collaboration with DTAH, turns a stretch of the Toronto lakefront into a multitransit, public promenade that connects the city to Lake Ontario.
In Planning, a plan for the Bayou Greenway Initiative by SWA Group weaves a network of new and existing green corridors in Houston. In Parks, a new park in one of the most diverse counties in the South responds to multiple wants through passive recreation. And in House Call, Savino & Miller Design Studio reimagines a small side yard into a lush jungle retreat. And don’t miss our regular Now, Species, Goods, and Books columns. The full table of contents for March can be found here.
As always, you can buy this issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine at more than 200 bookstores, including many university stores and independents, as well as at Barnes & Noble. You can also buy single digital issues for only $5.25 at Zinio or order single copies of the print issue from ASLA. Annual subscriptions for LAM are a thrifty $59 for print and $44.25 for digital. Our subscription page has more information on subscription options.
Keep an eye out here on the blog, on the LAM Facebook page, and on our Twitter feed (@landarchmag), as we’ll be ungating March articles as the month rolls out.
Credits: “Greek Revival,” Alex Ulam; “Alive on the Edge,” James Ewing/OTTO; “Leafed Out,” Nicola Betts for West 8; “Houston Best on the Bayou,” Jonnu Singleton; “The Call for Open Space,” John Gnoffo; “The Make-Do Shrine,” Steven Brooke.
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