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The Plan to Transform NYC's Broadway Into 40 Blocks of Green Space

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Following the High Line's evolution from abandoned railway to bustling park, urban planners have been brainstorming creative ways to develop more green space for New York City. This latest proposal from Perkins Eastman Architects is unique—instead of utilizing unused space, it would re-purpose one of the busiest streets in the borough.

The Green Line would turn New York’s iconic Broadway into a 40-block stretch of green space running through central Manhattan. Broadway was chosen because of its unique layout: instead of following the conventional grid pattern, it cuts diagonally through the lower half of Manhattan, which has allowed for the construction of public squares. In addition to providing an outdoor area for pedestrians and cyclists, the “linear park” would act as a thread connecting some of the most famous public spaces in the city, including Union Square, Madison Square, Herald Square, Times Square, and Columbus Circle. 

Actually going ahead with the proposal would be a major undertaking, but a few recent changes to the area have already laid the foundation for the project. Broadway already includes a protected bike lane, and the stretch of road running through Times Square has been closed to cars for over six years. And while the new park would be primarily used as a space for pedestrians, it would still remain accessible as a shortcut for emergency vehicles.

The architects behind the proposal say the added real estate value the park would introduce to the area would eventually outweigh the costs. The project would also come with another unexpected benefit: Soil obviously absorbs rainwater much better than tarmac, so transforming the road into a park would offer some much-needed relief to the city’s overburdened drainage system. 

[h/t: Dezeen]

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One Photographer's Quest to Document Every Frank Lloyd Wright Structure in the World
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From California’s Marin County Civic Center to the Yokodo Guest House in Ashiya City, Japan, Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence spans countries and continents. Today, 532 of the architect’s original designs remain worldwide—and one photographer is racking up the miles in an attempt to photograph each and every one of them, according to Architectural Digest.

Andrew Pielage is the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s unofficial photographer. The Phoenix-based shutterbug got his gig after friends introduced him to officials at Taliesin West, the late designer’s onetime winter home and studio that today houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Higher-ups at Taliesin West allowed Pielage to photograph the property in 2011, and they liked his work so much that they commissioned him for other projects. Since then, Pielage has shot around 50 Wright buildings, ranging from Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, to the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles.

Pielage takes vertical panoramas to “get more of Wright in one image,” and he also prefers to work with natural light to emphasize the way the architect integrated his structures to correspond with nature’s rhythms. While Pielage still has over 400 more FLW projects to go until he's done capturing the icon’s breadth of work, you can check out some of his initial shots below.

[h/t Architectural Digest]

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What the Homes of the Future Will Look Like, According to Kids
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Ask a futurist what the house of tomorrow will feature and she might mention automatic appliances and robot assistants. Ask a kid the same question and you’ll get answers that are slightly more creative, but not altogether impractical. That’s what Made.com discovered when they launched Homes of the Future, a project that had kids draw illustrations of futuristic homes that served as the basis for professional 3D renderings.

According to Co.Design, the UK-based furniture retailer recruited children ages 4 to 12 to submit their architectural ideas. The doodles, sketched in pen, marker, and colored pencil, showcase the grade-schoolers' imaginations. Paired with each picture is concept art made with a 3D illustrator that shows what the homes might look like in the real world.

The designs range from colorful and whimsical to coldly realistic. In one blueprint, drawn by Ameen, age 10, a neighborhood of rainbow buildings and flowers float among the clouds. Another sketch by Ellis, age 7, shows a “home built to last” with titanium, bricks, a steel roof, and bulletproof windows. Some kids seemed less concerned with durability than they were with the tastiness of the infrastructure. Cherry-flavored bricks, candy windows, and a giant jelly slide were just some of the features built into the future homes. Sustainability was also a major theme, with solar panels appearing on two of the houses.

Check out the original artwork and the 3D versions of their ideas below.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

[h/t Co.Design]

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