Landscape Architect & Specifier News

OCT 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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October 2018 99 Pier 68, Philadelphia, Pa. Three and a half miles south of Penn Treaty Park along the Delaware River Trail, Pier 68 is a key feature of the waterfront's park and path system. The stretch of the Delaware River that skirts Philadelphia has long been channelized, due to its past and on-going industrial functions, resulting in a hard, urban edge. Access to the waterfront is largely discouraged and, in most cases, is nonexistent; the few transformed piers that punctuate the river's edge are rare exceptions. Located at the trailhead and atop a former industrial site, the design of Pier 68 is resourceful in its approach to limited space and budget. A cut in the center of the pier, planted with riparian vegetation, reveals the tidal fluctuations of the Delaware River. Bold blue and white striped 'mustache' benches provide views of river traffic and the twin skylines of Philadelphia and Camden. The resultant park is a dynamic place for riverside recreation - a rare commodity in Philadelphia. Sister Cities Garden at Logan Square Philadelphia, Pa. The redesign of Philadelphia's Sister Cities garden builds on the successes of the recent renovations at Logan Square, one of the original squares of William Penn. It breathes fresh life and activity into a nearly forgotten corner of this great space. Boasting a cafe, a water feature that celebrates the Sister Cities, lush gardens and a children's garden, the new park draws visitors at different times of day, creating a vibrant space that can accommodate multiple activities.

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