Category Archives: Jul/Aug 11

A Visionary Masterpiece

Situated on an actual island in the Fox River, the third hole at the Pottawatomie Golf Course in St. Charles, Ill., “looks simple, but it is not,” writes Ron Whitten, architecture editor for Golf World Magazine. A row of trees impedes a golfer’s tee shot, aerial approaches are compromised by overhanging branches, and a small pond provides a further challenge. The island also contains the course’s fourth hole, which Whitten considers “more intimidating” due to the long stretch of the … Continue reading

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The Project Of The Century

Redeveloping a World War II-era military base in the center of a major urban area into a 21st-century metropolitan park is no easy task. But after five years of planning and initial development, the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif., has taken a significant step forward with the opening of its western sector that includes a large commercial agriculture operation. The 200-acre phase also encompasses several new features, such as soccer fields, a museum, and an arts complex that … Continue reading

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Riverfront Roots

Imagine standing under a pavilion looking out on the Mississippi River. As the city noise fades into the background, the sound of lapping waves tickle your ears and the wind dances across your face. Walking onto the “lookout,” you notice a compass embedded in the sidewalk pointing north, directly toward Iowa. Here, in Rock Island, Ill., the river takes a jog to the west on its way down to New Orleans. This is only one of many unique features in … Continue reading

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