Two Views of Woodstock:Cape Town – “Upscaling” vs “Gentrification”

Here are two opposed views of the regeneration of an old area of Cape Town, Woodstock,   it seems inevitable that any upgrading or regeneration effort  runs the risk  being labeled ‘gentrification’ with its negative connotations of poor locals being forced out by profit hungry developers. It seems ironic that in many of these cases … Continue reading Two Views of Woodstock:Cape Town – “Upscaling” vs “Gentrification”

The High Line- An Urban Oasis in New York via thisbigcity

In thisbigcity Joe Peach has posted this tribute to one of urban restorations ‘success stories’ at least as it is being recognized in conventional American media – here by National Geographic.  Designed by James Corner Field Operations (project lead) and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, after winning a well publisized competiton for The City of New York / … Continue reading The High Line- An Urban Oasis in New York via thisbigcity

The New Public Landscapes of Governors Island: An Interview with Adriaan Geuze

In PLACES Brain Davis interviews Adrian Geuze of West8 , winners of a competition for the reinvention of Governors Island New York: New York Harbor, Upper Bay, 1999, with Governors Island near the center, Manhattan to the left, Brooklyn at top, and Jersey City at the bottom; Ellis Island is at the left, Liberty Island … Continue reading The New Public Landscapes of Governors Island: An Interview with Adriaan Geuze

Eric Reynolds, Master of Low-cost, High-return Public Space Interventions in London and NYC

While I dont hold that “Place-Making” is enough initself to make a lasting diffenrce to a city , much more is required than quick fixes, it is worthwhile to note the impacts that quick entry and results can have on galvanizing an areas people into acting more like a community and demanding more permanent results: … Continue reading Eric Reynolds, Master of Low-cost, High-return Public Space Interventions in London and NYC