Rebirth of the Forgotten Landscape: Part Three
Tide Point Urban Waterfront
A once derelict site, Tide Point Waterfront has been turned into a hub of activity in Baltimore, Maryland. Project team of Barbara Wilks and Andrea Rhinehart transformed the area into what is now know locally as Baltimore’s Digital Harbour, housing many tech, and computer based companies. For more information, click here.
Not only a safe haven for wildlife, Crissy Field is a favorite for active San Franciscans along the bay’s waterfront. Once an air field in the early 20th century, the military continued to dump hazardous materials there for many years and throughout WWII eventually leading to a major restorative process. The site still has its many airplane hangars surrounding the field, now housing things like the House of Air.
Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord
The penultimate example of post-industrial landscapes, Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord. ”Designed in 1991 by Latz + Partner (Peter Latz), with the intention that it work to heal and understand the industrial past, rather than trying to reject it.” This is what’s so intriguing about such landscapes is the embracing of the past by incorporating it into the design.
The High Line
What more really needs to be said. The High Line has helped take landscape architecture more mainstream. Unfortunately when asked about the project in a recent interview, Elizabeth Diller of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, briefly mentioned James Corner’s Field Operations and Piet Oudolf, and that was all.
Post-industrial landscapes are popping up all over the world and providing landscape architects the opportunity to transform industrial environments into ones that inspire.