Monday, April 30, 2012

Can anyone take a picture like this for us? We're having trouble finding a high resolution picture of the park from a person's point of view.  If you could upload an image here or email it to me, it was be very much appreciated!  My email is


"Pop-up-green-Park" - These tire planters and grass mounts were used in the city of Lima in narrow urban places to add some greenery to otherwise bare concrete alleys and plazas. The planters are used in way that can be easily displaced and moved around. Also allows for an array of different arrangements - Thought this may be nice to share - Heba

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Monday, April 16, 2012

The Chosen Spot! güzel bir yer

Here it is! no mud no traffic just a little slice of Turkish-style heaven :)
My town of Canandaigua means "the chosen spot" in native Iroquois language :) and I think I've found the chosen spot in istanbul! the perfect place for a minimalist Ferryboat structure made of tire and a hard binding substance like concrete. I call it new Canandaigua :)

and I can tell this is a public place, just look at those rock structures. not too comfy but cute and scenic.
And look at the water! so beautiful. what kid wouldn't want to pretend he was the captain of his own little ferryboat right there. meanwhile mom and dad can sit and eat a delicious fish sandwich.

Inspired Tire PlayPlace

As I look at the inovation of the team in peru that came up with the children's play place I can't help but think that they have taken something ugly and useless and turned it into something fun. while it may not have the "class" of a fancy chair set made of end-of-life ires it is definitely fun for the kiddies :)

these pictures are a great inspiration
they are from "Ghost Train Park" in Lima Peru

Monday, April 9, 2012

I found this site with a portfolio of work by two architects I assume which I found very interesting.

You can find more of their work here

Week 4 Review: Eric & Ken

Problem - To create an inviting area that will allow people to fully enjoy the green space of the park.

Solution - Designating tables and trash cans will reduce trash problem and allow people to picnic in the park. Also create a playground to make the park a family attraction, we want to create a stylized playground that will look good and still be functional for children to play on.  The overall goal is to inspire a lot of action and playing in the park area.

Use of tires - Whole, cut, and shredded tires for use in construction of tables, seating, playground structure and ground surface.

Questions - Are there any specific games that are especially popular in Istanbul? Are there any specific for children? For teens? For adults? For seniors? Why has picnicking become a problem instead of a welcomed activity for the local authorities?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Ben & Ian

Even though the park is nice and long, people mostly travel to the ferry ports. This makes the park less of a recreational and casual destination - more of just another part of the commute.

We should provide people incentives to travel the length of the park, not just across it to the nearest ferry port, with destinations worth walking to (like a theater) and a raised path with pleasurable scenery and sociable resting areas for traveling.
Should be similar to the High Line Park in New York City (

The path will be between the street and park to divide the busy from the calm, but not shut them away from each other.

If the path is constructed high enough, entrances can be overpasses, like little bridges, above the street from the other side to make crossing easier and safer.


Tires could be stacked whole to build up the path, and shredded to make the walking surface.

What do you think?