True Green Cities/Celebrating Six Years – An Annual Walk Along the High Line

Zaha Hadid's residential tower on West 28th Street and the High Line.

It’s been six years since I launched Barbara A. Campagna/Architecture + Planning, PLLC and while many things have changed, my goal to work on “greening what’s already here” continues to be met, often in places I never expected. Many people are finding new ways to integrate historic preservation and green building practices, which makes my new venture a delightful and intellectually inspiring one. This is blog four of my anniversary week. It’s hard to believe I haven’t been to NYC in six months. After the usual travel chaos I made it to Manhattan around 3:30, staying in midtown to be near the Penn Club where our Columbia GSAPP board meeting is (Graduate School of Architecture Planning & Preservation). A walk around my former FIT neighborhood led me to the High Line, the 2009 ground breaking park created from the bones of the abandoned West Side Line, an elevated spur of the New York Central Railroad. The High Line has gotten a lot of criticism for being too nice basically – it gentrified a very scrappy neighborhood and has become one of the biggest visitor attractions in NY. It is good to ignore all of this at times and just enjoy it for what it is, an inspiring and innovative reuse project. I checked in on all the starchitects’ buildings, enjoyed the latest sculpture and even found a bench to sit on for a while. In some respects this linear park is also a linear art and architecture museum. For a more photos, please view my Facebook photo album -    You don’t need to be on Facebook to view it. (And I apologize for the wonky formatting; I'm in the middle of renovating my website.) And if you’d like to “subscribe” or follow my blog, True Green Cities, please sign up through the “Subscribe” button at the bottom left of this page. You’ll receive a daily recap when new blogs are posted. Or Sign up for the Feed, also at the bottom left of this page.

True Green Cities/Celebrating Six Years – The Best Windbells in the World

Concrete and bronze windbells in the utopia known as Arcosanti.

It’s been six years since I launched Barbara A. Campagna/Architecture + Planning, PLLC and while many things have changed, my goal to work on “greening what’s already here” continues to be met, often in places I never expected.  Many people are finding new ways to integrate historic preservation and green building practices, which makes my new venture a delightful and intellectually inspiring one.  This is blog three of my anniversary week. Since I started architecture school in 1980 I have been wanting to visit Arcosanti and Cosanti in Arizona.  This year’s DOCOMOMO US Annual Symposium finally gave me the opportunity to see Paolo Soleri’s lifetime work in person.   Having taught his early green thinking to my classes, I always felt a little inauthentic having never been there.  Once again we had a special day to ourselves, a meal cooked just for us by the residents, and time to roam around pondering the community’s comparison to ancient Rome.  Concrete, windbells, expansive desert and mountain views.  I did my best to contribute to their community and brought home quite a selection of their unique windbells. For  more photos of Paolo Soleri’s utopia, please view my photos on Facebook.     You don’t need to be on Facebook to view it. And I apologize for the wonky formatting of the blogs, I’m in the middle of renovating my website. And if you’d like to “subscribe” or follow my blog, True Green Cities, please sign up through the “Subscribe” button at the bottom left of this page. You’ll receive a daily recap when new blogs are posted. Or Sign up for the Feed, also at the bottom left of this page.

True Green Cities/Celebrating Six Years – A Bucket List Evening at Taliesin West

   

Taliesin West outside of Phoenix, AZ at sunset during the DOCOMOMO US Annual Symposium.

It’s been six years since I launched Barbara A. Campagna/Architecture + Planning, PLLC and while many things have changed, my goal to work on “greening what’s already here” continues to be met, often in places I never expected.  Many people are finding new ways to integrate historic preservation and green building practices, which makes my new venture a delightful and intellectually inspiring one.  This is blog two of my sixth anniversary week. I had the great honor of being able to spend an afternoon and evening at Taliesin West as part of the DOCOMOMO US Annual Symposium. This spring we went to Phoenix and environs.  Taliesin West is Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and school, where students can still study at his specific brand of architecture school.  It was one of the most joyous experiences of my life. We had the entire site to ourselves. We weren’t forced on guided tours; we could roam around at our own pace. Sculpture, texture, color.  We were there at sunset.  Cocktails at sunset at Taliesin West with some of my favorite like-minded colleagues and friends.  I think I will leave it there.  (I apologize for the wonky formatting.  I'm in the middle of renovating my website and everything is crazy!) For more photos, please view my Facebook photo album.  You don’t need to be on Facebook to view it. And if you’d like to “subscribe” or follow my blog, True Green Cities, please sign up through the “Subscribe” button at the bottom left of this page. You’ll receive a daily recap when new blogs are posted. Or Sign up for the Feed, also at the bottom left of this page.  
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