Michael Van Valkenburgh/Allegheny Riverfront Park: Source by Jane Amidon

By Jane Amidon

Within the box of panorama structure, there's no extra unusual voice than Michael Van Valkenburgh, and so it truly is acceptable that we commence this new resource Books in panorama structure sequence along with his lately accomplished Allegheny Riverfront Park venture for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a part of the city's efforts to revive its downtown district and riverfront, Van Valkenburgh, in addition to artists Ann Hamilton and Michael Mercil, built an formidable plan to reform the wasted land alongside the river into an city shelter. the prestigious collaboration among panorama architect and artists produced a considerate, priceless, and lovely park that has effectively renewed the city's center.

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Jackson wrote parklike experience, but what does that mean? ” And most of the others are going there to SITE 41 JA: Your first decisions immediately involved MU: We learned quite a bit about the trials and other parties and added significantly to the tribulations of traffic engineering—you have to be project’s complexity. a pain in the ass to get anything done; otherwise you end up just doing the standard solutions. MVV: The upper level contained two three-lane highways with a median and a six-foot-wide side- LS: The overlapping jurisdictional areas of the walk along the seawall.

44 SITE SITE 45 Scissoring City, River, Highway civic landscape of the cultural district presented on the upper level of the park. By civic, we mean JA: Let’s discuss the park’s parti. In particular, welcoming, comfortable, civilized. It has a mate- describe the scissoring form and the use of spe- rial language that is established, even though cific contextual references. it’s not used in traditional ways. So you have three contextual paradigms: the infrastructural, MU: Something that we all quickly came to real- the natural, and the civic.

First, there ing to do: create something that is calm, has a real is the landscape of the highway. As you’re driving duration to it, and you have to walk through it to along the highway near the site there are some understand it. pretty amazing ramps, bridges, and abutments The corollary is that it’s hard to come up that have a kind of modern poetry to them. So with a grand idea that is bigger than the force of there was that infrastructural scale. The river and the highway. But what’s in our park works within the floodplain provided a natural model for the each of the contexts without trying to bury them.

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