Friday, July 29, 2016

Internal Reserves in Enskede, Stockholm, Sweden

Enskede is discussed in Thomas Hall's chapter on Sweden in his own edited book Planning and Urban Growth in the Nordic Countries Chapman and Hall, London, 1991 pp. 191-2. The work of Per Olof Hallman, it dates from 1908 and, Hall says, 'shows a striving for visual variety based on open places, winding streets and buildings as visual foci'.

Find it here.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Langwarrin, Victoria

A plan which was apparently not carried out in this form (there are some similarities between this and what was built) proposed by developers Costain in, presumably, the late 70s.

Of course the particular interest for this blog is the playground space behind the shop(s) on the left, however note also the walkways at the end of the cul-de-sacs - this design was carried through.

The 'Langwarrin Design Team' credited included M. F. Johnstone and G. A. James with diplomas of Town and Regional Planning; B. W. Cooper and R. S. Smith, Architects (Smith also had a Town Planning Diploma) and J. Carson, engineer and P. A. Jones and P. J. Sterling 'Designers'.

Arcana: a search of the University of Melbourne's Architecture Building and Planning Library theses and other student work reveals that Johnstone and James were both studying at the University in 1968; Cooper was there in both 1964 and 1973; and Smith in 1969. 

See the development as built here.

Monday, June 27, 2016

A. H. Ford Reserve, Altona, Vic

I concede this might be borderline as an internal reserve (look at it on Google Map).

Blogger is playing up so I can't write all I would like to right now, I'll come back to it later. In the meantime please note the tiny gates, the little agriculture corner (see immediately above), the toilet block, the play equipment and the kindergarten. Thanks to Victoria for being a part of this foray. 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Abercrombie, Kelly and Kelly's Dublin of the Future

Dublin of the Future: The New Town Plan by Patrick Abercrombie, Sydney Kelly and Arthur Kelly, published by the University Press of Liverpool and Hodder and Staughton (not dated, though the competition was won by these three in 1914) features an extensive 'Park System and Public Buildings' map (map 5, at page 41). Frustratingly although the various new suburban areas that Abercrombie, Kelly and Kelly have included are clearly riddled with internal reserves, their otherwise very comprehensive discussion of the park system (pp. 41-48) does not seem to properly identify them or there intended purpose. I am not even sure if they are 'local parks', 'town gardens or city squares' or 'small playgrounds' (I suspect they are the latter). Here (p. 42) we are told 'The exact position of the small children's playgrounds is difficult to determine at this stage: generally speaking, they would be located intermediately with the neighbourhood parks, as it is agreed that a quarter of a mile is as far as small children should be expected to go... The great use made of such play spaces, as at the Brabazon Playground in Pimlico, proves how necessary it is systematically to add further examples.'

Additionally: 'it may be mentioned that it is necessary for there to be an official, who would be known as the Director of Recreation. He would be responsible for the personnel of the playground instructors throughout the city. Many of the small playgrounds would probably be in charge of a woman.' 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Harlem, Florida

Two internal reserves are located in John Nolen's 1926 plan for Harlem, the African-American adjunct settlement to Venice, Florida. this was not built. It is unclear why only two blocks include these spaces, in an area very rich with other open space. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Reserve in block bounded by Adelaide, Gunnedah, Bazentin and Coolamon Streets, Albion, Vic.

The third IR recently visited with Victoria Kolankiewicz (thanks!). 

Firstly, an image from this space from August, 2002:

The chickens are no longer a feature, sadly; you can view the space on google map here. For no discernible reason, houses were for sale on either side of the entrance way to this IR. 

Naturally it got up my nose thoroughly that this billboard references the preposterous idea of an 'HV Mackay Garden City'; once again, real estate agents show they'll stoop to anything to close a deal. But it is very interesting that the IR is a feature of this property (rather than an embarrassment to be ignored).

This is the guardian of that particular house.
The lane way.

The lane way looking out.
The other property also for sale.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Reserve in block bounded by Coolamon, Adelaide, Hamel and Kamarooka Streets, Albion, Vic

Victoria and I also recently visited the two reserves in the Melbourne suburb of Albion which are part of an estate reputedly created by HV Mackay, the proprietor of the Sunshine Harvester Works in western Melbourne. I have visited these before (and indeed Robert Freestone and I wrote about one of them in our most popular internal reserves paper, 'Community valuations of historic pocket parks: A Melbourne study' published in Leisure Studies 6:2 in 2003; we compared survey material of local residents in 1979 and twenty something years later). 

You can view this one here.

This is the lane going in, astride an apartment block car park:

 A lot of the locals use this for vehicle access, obviously.

As you can see, one resident has extended a backyard into the space, and also grown some rather delectable looking capsicums (aka peppers) and eggplants (aka aubergines) outside her or his back fence. 

One house, with almost no extant back fence, seems to be mainly a residents for multiple cats.
Victoria was particularly engaged by the drainage on this site and I must say the little pedestrian bridges are quaint.
All in all, a well-used reserve, hardly used at all for recreation but clearly valued.