Topos 89 – Creating Places

Creating places may be seen as the follow-up to the previous issue of Topos about “The Narrative”. Storytelling, designing places, adding something special to a site, ideally resilience and giving enjoyment to users. Showcasing: stone plazas in Zurich, Copenhagen and Ribe, the sequel to the High Line and the progress of a park on Governors Island in New York; Thessaloniki now faces the sea, Toronto provides a beach for its residents. In addition, we are presenting the winning team of the Topos Landscape Award 2014, Lost Landscapes LOLA from the Netherlands. Their work is the fusion of urban and natural landscapes and the integration of innovative spatial phenomena.

 

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A selection of articles from Topos 89:

Chris Tramutola: A Stroll Above the City
The third and final section of the High Line in New York City completes the iconic, linear city park. This latest section differentiates itself from previous sections not only in design, but in playfulness, ties to its history, and views.

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At West 29th Street, the High Line begins a long, gentle curve toward the Hudson River, signifying a transition to the West Side Rail Yards. There, the Rail Track Walk exposes the High Line’s rail lines, evoking the High Line’s history. The High Line Design is a collaboration between James Corner Field Operations (Project Lead), Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf. Photo: Iwan Baan

 

Svava Riesto, Jan Støvring: Stories under your feet
The new Købmagergade emphasizes the unity of Copenhagen’s busy shopping street. Special details and carefully hewn and sawn stones for the paving are the main elements of the design.

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At Kultorvet, a circular fountain at the lowest point of the square invites people to stay and kids to play. The water feature is surrounded by a large wooden bench. Photo: Ty Stange

 

Viriato Soromenho-Marques: Four-Dimensional Landscape Architecture
The design for Tagus Linear Park at a former industrial site on the outskirts of Lisbon is based on connections between human communities and different land uses. It has a new spatial organisation that extends beyond the park itself and integrates the area’s past with a vision of its future.

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An orthogonal network of paths links all components of the park and leads people to the riverfront, where wooden platforms offer views over the Tejo. Photo: João Morgado Architectural Photography

 

Award Winner LOLA landscape architects: New Romantic Revolution

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Star Maze Tytsjerk: park extension promotes exploration and temporary programming.