5KL: Water was the latest event in The Architecture League of New York’s ongoing Five Thousand Pound Life series. Both focused and expansive, it presented case studies from three very different regions that are each struggling to adapt their massive engineered water systems to the urgent challenges of the coming century.
Extraction sustains our society. We rely on energy to power the technology in our lives, but are disconnected from the landscapes that must be exploited in order to yield that energy. We dig and blast materials to build and repair the physical infrastructure of our cities, but rarely think about the places from which they come.
Marcel Smets talks about the importance of transportation infrastructure in constructing urban value, and the role of designers in fighting for synthesis between multiple urban infrastructural projects.
Operated as a quarry from 1830 through 1969, Henry Palmisano Park later became a landfill for construction waste and is now a twenty-seven acre environmental park in Chicago.
Scenario Journal04: Building the Urban Forest
The forest carries deep cultural significance. Within the urban landscape, this ecologically complex system is also understood to perform a wide range of essential ecosystem services, from increasing property values to mitigating climate change. Reforesting cities is one of the defining trends of twenty first century urbanism, but there is little agreement about how our urban forests are to be designed, planned and managed.
Featured ProjectRoundabout Vancouver
We envisage an entirely different city, one in which massive trees are no longer a rarity but instead fundamentally define and shape our movement through the urban fabric. With this action on the civic imagination, the city becomes a forest, and the forest a city.