Posted in ACCESSIBILITY, BROWNFIELDS, CITIES, HABITAT, LAM MAGAZINE, PARKS, PLANTS, RECREATION, REUSE, RIVER RESTORATION, WATER, tagged beachgrasses, Bubbly Creek, Carol Ross Barney, Chicago, Chicago Department of Transportation, Chicago River, Chicago Riverwalk, Clean Water Act of 1972, Daniel Burnham, fish, Friends of the Chicago River, Gina Ford, Great Lakes, Iris, Jacobs/Ryan Associates, Lake Michigan, Mississippi Valley, Plan of Chicago, Ross Barney Architects, Sasaki, Sedge, sewage, Terry Ryan on March 7, 2017|
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BY JANE MARGOLIES
Fifteen years in the making, a new public space reunites Chicago with the river that runs through it.
“Isn’t it hot?” Gina Ford, ASLA, asked excitedly, waving a well-jacketed arm around her on a cold morning this past fall as she, the architect Carol Ross Barney, and Terry Ryan, FASLA, met up at the Chicago Riverwalk to show me around.
Not exactly the word I would have chosen, given the temperature, but, yes, the new promenade they designed along the Chicago River, in the downtown of Illinois’s largest city, most definitely is.
Extending eight blocks along the river’s southern bank at a level below the streetscape, the Riverwalk is part of a 1.25-mile path from Lake Michigan inland that some are calling the city’s “second shoreline” (the lake, which borders Chicago to the east, being the “first,” of course). Each block-long space is bookended by the historic bridge houses that operate the movable spans that cross the waterway. And each has its own distinct riverside character, ranging from the Marina, a hub of food and drink purveyors, to the Jetty, an ecology-themed section that includes floating gardens and fishing piers. A continuous pathway stitches the segments together, weaving around the bridge houses before continuing on. And all of it adds up to a (more…)
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Posted in BROWNFIELDS, CITIES, DETAILS, GREEN ROOFS, LAM MAGAZINE, NEW YORK CITY, RESILIENCE, WATER, tagged Adrian Benepe, Alex Ulam, bioswales, Bronx, Croton Reservoir, Croton Water Filtration Plant, Department of Environmental Protection, driving range, fertilizers, fish emulsion, golf course, gray infrastructure, Green Roof, Grimshaw, Hazen and Sawyer, herbicides, Honorary ASLA, inorganic, insecticides, Ken Smith Workshop, Metcalf & Eddy, Mosholu Driving Range, Natural Resources Defense Council, Norwood neighborhood, organic, Pelican Hill Golf Course, permeable concrete, pesticides, phytoremediation, pollution, polystyrene, rain gardens, rainwater, Safe Drinking Water Act, sewage, Stephen Kay/Doug Smith Golf Course Design, stormwater, terrorism, Van Cortlandt Park, water filtration, wetland on July 28, 2016|
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BY ALEX ULAM
The new Mosholu golf driving range is part of a controversial water filtration plant project built at the edge of the bucolic Van Cortlandt Park.
Many things are not exactly what they appear to be at the new Mosholu golf driving range, located in the northwest section of the Bronx in New York City. Behind high stone walls and a gate monitored by armed policemen there are carefully crafted illusions worthy of an Olmsted design. A driveway leading into this place looks as if it were carved out of wilderness. On either side are sunken beds of untamed riparian plants that pool with water after rainstorms. Up a slope, past a low-slung building faced in rust-colored steel, you are at the high point of the range. The greens below are composed of hillocks with carpets of turfgrass, plush enough for a nap, which overlook a bowl-shaped depression.
Beneath the driving range is the Croton Water Filtration Plant. At a cost of more than $3.2 billion, it is among the most expensive public works projects ever built in New York City. The driving range sits atop a nine-acre green roof covering the plant, which is said to be the country’s largest contiguous green roof. It replaces an old municipal driving range bulldozed more than a decade ago to make way for the underground filtration plant, which descends about 100 feet into the ground. The subterranean structure is designed to filter up to 30 percent of New York City’s water supply.
The need to purify water, especially water that humans have polluted, has become (more…)
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