Park Life goes Underground

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Described as the world’s first underground park the Lowline project in New York seeks to transform a derelict under ground trolley terminal into public space complete with vegetation powered by a unique sun-light delivery system.

Driven from the ground-up with support from the local community, a kick-starter campaign to support the advancement of necessary technology has already raised over $150,000.

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Hip[ster] Project Marketing

Hudson Woods, located just 100 miles from Manhattan in Up-State New York, is a unique 131 acre estate offering 26 architect-designed dwellings crafted from locally-sourced, sustainable materials. If that doesn’t grab the attention of the modern-day New Yorker looking for a weekend antidote to city living Hudson Woods is pleased to offer a range of A-La-Carte services which include personal assistants, pet care, your own chef, nature guides and of course, bee-keeping.

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But wait, if that isn’t enough you can always consider the range of upgrades available to your little patch of the Catskills they include, a tree house, vegetable gardens, a fruit tree grove and in this modern era what would any ‘New Brooklyn’ escapist be without an electric car charger.

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This could all sound a bit tongue-in-cheek but when you take in what James Sanderson (Brand and Design Consultant to Lang Architecture) has to say the notion of marketing to movement becomes clear.

“Its ethos appeals to people in the market for “authentic” and “meaningful” experiences. We’re bombarded with technology all the time. Everyone’s staring at screens, and I think people are looking for things that have a little history to them. People’s hands will have been on the materials that go into these houses. These builders and craftsmen are putting their heart and soul into this stuff. [People] want to get into the land and feel like they’re out in nature.”

Sydney central up for offer…

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Following on from the unsolicited proposal submitted to the NSW State Government and the support given by Liberal MP Ross Cameron hi-lighted in a recent post, Planning Minister Brad Hazzard has called on international development organisations to express interest in a “project that would develop up to one million square meters of space and create thousands of new jobs and homes”. MORE…

The Gong show and tell

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British architect Stephen Pimbley has unveiled the master plan for Bass & Flinders Gateway on the former Quattro site in Wollongong.

The development titled “Gateway” sits at the threshold of one of New South Wales’ most beautiful cities Wollongong. The project consists of a 300 unit residential development supported by a modicum of commercial space.
The “Gateway” project straddles the narrow coastal plain between Illawarra Escarpment and the ocean and draws its inspiration from the meeting of these two elements.
The apartments are arranged as “coal measures” within linear stacked seams shrouded by a symbolic wave that in part shades the apartments terraced gardens. More…

Sydney’s future that was…

ASPIRE-SydneyThe Sydney Morning Herald has released details on an unsolicited development proposal that could change the face of urban Sydney. Working a combination with NSW State government land resources and Chinese construction experience and materials, proponent Liberal MP Ross Cameron believes if only the O’Farrell had the political will the underutilised land component of the existing rail corridor from Strathfield leading to Central Station could become the focal point for construction of up to 150 skyscrapers. Read the full proposal here.