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'Psycho Green' On Black

 

I wanted to capture the creepy feeling of walking down a green hall which ends in a tee juction so you can't tell whats around the corner. The Toronto transportation commision TTC should design better people friendly spaces, at least have 2 mirrors.

On this corner site, flanked by three busy main roads, sat a Chicago school styled building. It was build to the property line restricting movement for pedestrians around it and across the arteries.

After 20 years of reports and bureaucratic wrangling, including a battle of conservationists against modernists, it was finally felled to a sigh of urban relief. The new building, a condominium with retail at grade sits back from the property line and the plan takes advantage of the natural site grade to create an urban, people-friendly space. The speculators property corners of the grid gave way to a new idea: speculating on the citizen’s appreciation of urbane spaces and so raising property values to compensate for the high value of land.

 

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

Point Hope Shipyard, Victoria, BC.

 

Following decisions to replace the Johnson St. Bridge into downtown Victoria, owners of the shipyard took to planning the next century of their business operations. Victoria's "marine garage" serves the ocean highways of the Pacific coast and has been there for a century and a half, and Point Hope has a long term view of the future.

 

The city played a good hand and flipped parcels of city owned property to the province of BC in exchange for valuable waterfront on the Inner Harbour. Historical use has rendered shipyard lands unsuitable for any other use.

 

The province relieved themselves of the shipyard by selling it to Point Hope for a dollar, avoiding untold millions of remediation costs. The shipyard has a good record of capping and containing contaminants that are prevalent in many industrial sites across Canada and the cost for reclamation and disposal is sometimes prohibitive and often still leaves some contaminants in place. The shipyard got title to their property, an industrial asset to expand their operations, and fresh opportunities to create new jobs, much in evidence as the yard configuration changes and the business grows.

 

The city's acquisition should allow for the reshaping of key waterfront properties, long used as a viewpoint for empty cars, where they can create a more people friendly space, though recent choices have been more restrictive than embracing.

 

When the deal was first done, then current city leaders were obliged to shore up some of the properties to deliver the parcels in a usable configuration, and to provide a muster centre for all of the crews and materiel needed to continue the bridge project.

 

The net return will remain positive, with new jobs in Victoria and a much more valuable piece of property, (at least for public purposes) closer to ground zero for the city's tourism economy. Truth be told though, the industrial theatre that takes place as ships come and go is always on stage.

 

The city chose, above the criticism, to absorb the up front costs, and that in turn has shown up in the bridge budget. The money hasn't disappeared, it's just been invested, wisely, in adding to the city's core business - providing an environment where some of our critical industries can survive, and helping to create jobs for the skilled trades. Over the long term, assessed value will increase and the city will quickly recoup the investment many times over.

 

Some critics are like magpies attracted to the shiny nickels they would have saved; less interested in the prospect of building a more profitable portfolio.

 

For those that are truly interested in having their city "run like a business", successful enterprises invest in their capital, their plant and the other assets that support the services they provide.

 

Whatever floats your boat.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

For Tarkett, sustainability is more than just an environmentally friendly product. The company first introduced a Balanced Choice approach to their product life cycle by sourcing good materials, resource stewardship, creating people friendly spaces, and reusing and recycling.

To date, Tarkett has successfully obtained C2C certification for their Linoleum Harmonium xf™ products (C2C Silver), Rubber (C2C Basic) and our Wood products (C2C Silver)1. they continue to work to certify additional products. Also in 2011, Tarkett received the BFM Green Business Award by ADEME (French Agency for environment and Energy management, Ernst & Young and BFM – a French television business news channel).

Most recently, Tarkett became one of the first companies to join the "Circular Economy 100" program. This program aims at creating a network of one hundred companies whose ambition is to promote the development of the circular economy, a model for economic growth based on circular re-use of materials and preservation of the world's resources.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and Viaduct Events Center.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

Auckland city's new people-friendly space and events center.

有個句型是這樣:X 了一個 Y,就要 X 更多的 Y 去 W

 

哪天推波船長去這廣場曬太陽就能兵不血刃了(誤)。

但也許屆時不是車輛禁入,而是人與狗不得進入唯大屁股停車可也的 "廣場" 哩~

  

#DaReFriendly ? 長短腳限定。

 

LA transportation department taking applications for people-friendly spaces 別人渴求的,咱似乎不希罕呢~

 

LandForm & Plaza

 

Longwood Gardens Adds Largest Green Wall in North America

 

長青宜居城市?那是口號而已,我倒是當真了。

有時候,我不得不這麼想:老人的窘境大多是無感的青壯的他們自己所創造出來的。

 

無障礙不僅僅掃除有形的障礙而已。

September 1 2016 - Work is underway to transform Bythell Place into a more usable, people-friendly space.

 

Bythell Place was one of the areas identified by the Blenheim Business Association for an upgrade.

 

A new landscape plan will see the old, non-functioning fountains removed and a wide, level tiled area connecting one side of Bythell Place with the other.

 

Removable bollards and planter boxes have been incorporated into the area so it can be a daytime public space or opened up for bigger events by closing the bisecting road.