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Posts Tagged ‘ Park ’

Disney x Star Wars = Star Wars Land?


On Christmas morning, Disney shared a behind-the-scenes update on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the massive 14-acre new Star Wars-themed land opening in Disney’s Hollywood Studios next year. But if you were too busy to sit through the entire show for your sneak peek, Disney has now shared the video online.

The video features brief commentary from some key figures responsible for bringing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to life. “It will be jaw-dropping and incredibly emotional to walk into the land for the first time,” promises Carrie Beck, VP of Lucasfilm Story Group. “To actually be standing there amongst the buildings, amongst the ships, and have this feeling that it is all real. That it has been brought to life. And it is right there in front of you – it’s overwhelming.”

The behind-the-scenes video also features more details and updated footage from Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the two attractions that will be featured in Galaxy’s Edge. While we’ve known for a while now that Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will put guests in the cockpit of the fastest ship in the galaxy, the Rise of the Resistance ride has been a little more mysterious. The video finally sheds light on what park guests can expect from “the most epic attraction” Disney has ever built.

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How About A Solar Powered DJ Booth In Your Local Park.


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Have you ever found yourself wandering through a suburban park and wondering “this experience would be better with music”?  Well, your prayers may about to be answered, as Dutch sports company Yalp have developed a solar-powered DJ booth that is popping up in parks all over the place. Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and Australia are the early adopters, and the booth has been positioned in public, absolutely free spots for anyone to wander up and start jamming their favorite tunes.

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It’s a simple enough device – you bring your mobile device and rest it on a special pad, which picks up the musical output without any wires (seriously, it’s like magic). Then you can muck around with the various effects (bitcrusher, delay, pitch shift etc) using the platters as controllers, and crossfade as necessary. Obviously if you wanna get the most out of it as an amateur DJ then you’ll need two devices, but we reckon that collaboration is being encouraged here.  One thing that does seem a bit iffy to us though is that with your phone sitting on the booth, relatively unguarded, how long will it last before someone snatches it? They are in public parks, after all.

 

The Blaxland Riverside Park.


JMD Design of Redfern, Sydney has created a cool kids’ outdoor space that makes us all want to run free and wild, with our hair blowing happily in the wind and our bodies full of positive energy. The 20,500 square meter park, opened this summer, is located at Jamieson and Homebush Streets, in Sydney, Australia, and operates under the Sydney Olympic Park Authority. JMD Design wanted to avoid the fenced-in, overly structure-based approach of many kids’ outdoor parks.

They worked with, rather than against the earth forms of cones, cuts and terraces, established earlier at this site, and created a free-flowing, open play area with surprises and distinctive activity points. The tree house is manufactured from galvanised steel, fibrous cement sheeting floors and walls, hardwood timber batten walls and ceilings, stainless steel mesh walls and ceilings with rope floors in some areas. Tonkin Zulaikha Greer (TZG) designed the kiosk and petal roof canopy that overlook the water and sand play area.

The Wave Walk.


The proposal created by Danish firm ‘BIG Architects’ is one of three shortlisted submissions for the St. Petersburg pier international design competition.  The masterplan will organize and harmonize a variety of individual events along a network of paths, merging to form the iconic pier structure which will gradually flow into the waters of tampa bay.  The branching pattern will collectively form the ‘Tributary Park’ containing native plantings of diverse color schemes.  The gardens will highlight the programmatic sectors of the park including the museum, observation deck, playgrounds and natural forested areas.

Bustling activity will be channeled towards the ‘wave walk’ which undulates to dip and rise from the water, framing a swimming pool and small holding area for kayaks, canoes and small scale boats.  Similar to the waves of the ocean, the increasing momentum generated by the volumes of people circulating onto the pier culminates by looping the promenade overhead, sheltering people underneath and providing elevated views from the generated roof terrace.
The plaza below the arch may be used for outdoor markets and as a band shell pavilion for concerts.  The public spaces terminate with a platform which submerges into the bay creating an additional view towards the city. Exhibition spaces, banquet halls and other public spaces will by placed inside the sculptural building.

Skipark 360.


Sweden’s CF Møller Architects has just signed off on the new and spectacular Skipark 360°- set to be the largest indoor ski resort in the world.  The winter park will house the only indoor ski slope to meet the requirements for hosting the World Cup, measuring 700 meters long and with a drop of 160 meters.  At a height of approx. 135 m, it will be one of Sweden’s largest buildings, and will become a landmark in the forest landscape just outside Stockholm.  The complex will also contain a 3.5 km cross-country skiing tunnel, an arena for biathlon, ice hockey, bandy and figure skating, and a snow park for snowboarding.  There will also be restaurants, shops, a spa and hotel and conference facilities, offering panoramic views of the countryside.  Skipark 360° is estimated to cost between 1.5 to 2 billion Swedish kroner ($219 – 292 million), with work to start at the end of 2013.

Enter The Hollow.


‘Hollow’ is an organic pavilion that changes the conditions for social interaction and behavior. Simply built, using compression to hold the structure, the concept is designed by Visiondivision (Ulf Mejergren and Anders Berensson) as their competition entry for sukkah city, where designers / architects were asked to design a modern sukkah (a temporary hut created for an annual jewish harvest festival) in union square, new york city.  Some of the constraints implied in the competition, for example, was that the sukkah had to have a roof made out of branches, but that they could not be in bundles. This in turn influenced visiondivision’s decision to use the construction technique of compression to build ‘hollow’.  The competition asked teams to design a sukkah to be erected in one of the most populated and dense places on earth, filled with built structures and a stressful ambience, changing its function from its initial protection purpose from sandy winds and a blazing sun to a shelter from building mass, infrastructure, scale, city pace and constant movement. The swedish duo’s intention is to build something which contrasts the scale and pace of the rest of the city. When entering the sukkah, you automatically slow your pace and behaviour, switching to  more restful position as a result of the physical restrictions which make up the small space.

Jin – “Angels”


Anybody remember Jin, the ‘blazin asian’ who made a killing on “106 & Park’s” Freestyle Friday?  Well if you do, you remember him, you know he was an unofficial freestyle champ for quite sometime, until he was crushed by the likes of Serious Jones, Iron Solomon… and like 7 other people.  But apparently he’s back, and is new video “Angels” seems to be something to talk about.

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