Alexandria’s Waterfront Could See Bold Changes

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By Ash Blankenship

Alexandria, Virginia’s Old Town may soon receive a bold transformation. Earlier this month, the Alexandria City Council had a chance to review a proposed overhaul designed by Olin Studio, a Philadelphia based planning firm.

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Taking Bridges to a New Level: Pedestrian Bridge in the Netherlands Parts Water

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By Ash Blankenship

In the Netherlands, Ro & Ad Architects have changed the way we think about bridges. Instead of developing a raised bridge to cross a moat that surrounds a 17th-century Dutch fort, they designed a sunken bridge, which offers visitors a unique perspective. 

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Tour Marseille with Google Night Walk

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By Ash Blankenship

Since the introduction of Google Street View, we’ve been able to explore cities around the world without leaving our homes. Now with Google Night Walk we can take a tour of the streets of Marseille.

"This is one of the most unique virtual tours…"

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Introducing Tech: A New Section on Parksify

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Today’s cities and urban public spaces are changing due to technological advances. Public WiFi in parks has become a popular, yet necessary, trend. We can use mobile devices to track how pedestrians utilize public spaces, and we can use data as a means to improve our cities. These are only a few ways technology is helping to reshape our public spaces.

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Pittsburgh Rising: Plan Would Turn Industrial Corridor into Mixed-Use Development

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By Ash Blankenship

As it becomes a home to coffee shops, startups and bike share, Pittsburgh has been called the next great hipster city. Once a city in decline, Pittsburgh is witnessing a transformation. The latest plan includes the creation of a resilient connection between an existing neighborhood and the waterfront. 

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Wild Urbanism: Zaryadye Park will Bring Nature to Moscow

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By Ash Blankenship

Dubbed the “Central Park” of Russia’s capital, Zaryadye Park will be the first park developed in Moscow in half a century. The park, designed by Diller, Scofidio+Renfro, will be based on a concept of wild urbanism, in which people and plants co-exist.

"Wild urbanism … is an opportunity to leave the city, and at the same time be closer to it."

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Berlin to Develop ‘Skate Park of the Future’

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By Ash Blankenship

Skateboarders love the heelflip, grabs and airing, but skaters in Berlin may soon have a new kind of trick. If proposed plans move forward, the German capital will build the world’s first inverted skate park.

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The Peace Garden: Toronto’s Celebration of Peace

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By Ash Blankenship

In Toronto, a small team on individuals has been meeting with architects to create a new public garden along Dundas Street. The proposed project is being spearheaded by The Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden Group, which aims to add the new public park to the 1812 Binational Peace Garden Trail network.

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