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By Michael Van Valkenburgh

Within the box of panorama structure, there isn't any extra extraordinary voice than Michael Van Valkenburgh, and it for that reason turns out applicable that we start this new resource Books in panorama sequence along with his lately accomplished Allegheny Riverfront Park venture for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a part of the citys efforts to revive its downtown district and riverfront, Van Valkenburgh, besides artists Ann Hamilton and Michael Mercil, constructed an bold plan to reform the wasted land alongside the river into an city shelter. the distinguished collaboration among panorama architect and artist produced a considerate, beneficial, and lovely park that has effectively renewed the citys core.Source Books in panorama structure, produced in collaboration with Ohio country college, will supply designated documentation of significant new initiatives, following its improvement from belief via of completion utilizing sketches, drawings, versions, renderings, operating drawings, and images.

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MVV: One of the unusual things about the Allegheny project is that it’s a linear strip. It’s not MM: The artist Robert Smithson wrote in 1973 at all like a traditional park’s spatial structure. ’“ As artists for ARP, our make as a linear sequence. ” at ARP. The place is almost always better than Because the scissoring scheme inhabits and takes the pictures. When I went to Dan Kiley’s Miller advantage of the edge of the city and river, the Garden for the first time, I was amazed because place becomes a park and reveals the design team’s the photographs of it make it look so composi- commitment to material and experimental rela- tional, but in fact when you’re there it’s very fluid.

We couldn’t use the ramp itself as a MVV: Allegheny Riverfront Park was really two counterweight because it’s hollow—the city asked projects run end-to-end. The first thing was to us to keep it hollow so they could inspect it. Plus, conceive of the park in its totality, as two parts of if it were solid it would be hard to control the cur- a whole. ing of concrete on the inside. 44 SITE SITE 45 Scissoring City, River, Highway civic landscape of the cultural district presented on the upper level of the park.

At one point, fixed within the design process, allowing for flex- as the lower level was being finished, I realized ibility and willingness to change. It’s difficult to that we had done something right—the particular- say, in the completed park design, “Here’s the art ity of that place. When you go there, you feel it. SITE opposite: Exploded axonometric of park terrain and circulation routes It doesn’t model itself after any other thing, any- get away from people. Olmsted wrote about how thing other than what it is.

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