One of Woltz’s recently completed projects was turning a pocket-size field in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard complex into the Naval Cemetery Landscape. Because the site is a former potter’s grave (the Navy has since exhumed most of the bodies), the designers couldn’t dig into the earth. Instead, they built a raised wooden path that meanders through a field of native tall grasses and wildflowers—a natural habitat for insects and birds and a nod to the area’s rural past. “It’s a pollinator of information as well as plant materials,” says Milton Puryear, cofounder of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, which commissioned the park. … [Read more...] about Landscape Architect Thomas Woltz Is Coming To A Park Near You
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Memorial Park, Houston Weaning the 1,560-acre park from potable water involved channeling and filtering runoff from a nearby freeway into five constructed ponds that can be used to feed the park. “We keep the highway from flooding, we can stop irrigating [with drinking water], and we’ve made a beautiful curved aquatic edge to a great green,” Woltz says. … [Read more...] about 4 Parks That Are Making Their Cities More Beautiful–And Sustainable
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Roku As it introduces its next generation of TV sticks and players this fall, the country’s most popular enabler of cord cutting is already thinking beyond set-top boxes. Roku today commands 49% of the U.S. streaming-device market, ahead of Google and Amazon. But behind the scenes, the hardware maker is steadily becoming more of a streaming platform, an interesting move considering Roku’s origins as a Netflix spin-out in 2008. In the past two years, cable providers, including Time Warner, Charter, and, soon, Comcast, have added their own streaming services, and dozens of new TV shows, on Roku, making the platform even more of a one-stop shop for television. Meanwhile, smart-TV makers such as Sharp, Insignia, and Hisense have installed Roku’s in the back ends of their products, giving users access to Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Hulu, and more. “We believe that the [operating system] phenomenon is now happening with TVs,” says Roku CEO Anthony Wood. … [Read more...] about Updates From Our Most Innovative Companies
Woodman sees GoPro as a sort of mini Apple, a hardware company that is evolving into a software platform with social networking features. Its business model will even include monthly subscription fees alongside steady hardware upgrades. He evinces no worry about naysayers who compare GoPro to the Flip, the superhot handheld digital video recorder that launched in 2007, quickly dominated the camcorder market, was bought by Cisco in 2009, and shut down in 2011, when video-capable smartphones quickly made it obsolete. Today’s smartphones are becoming ever more durable—both Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7 are water-resistant—while lens quality is rapidly approaching GoPro’s most advanced offering. (The iPhone 7 offers a 12-megapixel sensor, the same as GoPro’s new Hero5, and a true zoom lens, which GoPro’s Hero5 lacks.) “My kids are 16,” says Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush. “And I don’t recall ever going to a … [Read more...] about Can GoPro Rise Again?