Courtesy of Upper Kirby Redevelopment AuthorityThe Urban Land Institute has distinguished Upper Kirby’s Levy Park for its architecture and amenities.A Houston park has won an international award bestowed by the Urban Land Institute (ULI).The ULI has recognized the Bayou City’s Levy Park with the 2018 Urban Open Space Award. The Madrid Río Park in Madrid (Spain) also won the award.The award recognizes examples of “successful large- and small-scale public spaces that have socially enriched and revitalized the economy of their surrounding communities.”Levy Park, managed by the Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority and designed by OJB Landscape Architecture, is one of the only public green spaces in Houston’s Upper Kirby District.Formerly an underused park, the 5.9-acre space now offers a children’s garden, rain garden, free programming and public events and a multipurpose performance space.More than 10,000 people visit the park weekly, a significant increase from earlier years when the park received just 75 visitors a week.“The jury found Levy Park to be a dynamic public-private partnership that was unique in how it was structured. The park is architecturally very strong and executed extremely well, and it provides appealing programming and amenities that benefit the entire Houston community,” said ULI Trustee and Jury Chairman Stuart I. Ackerberg, CEO of the Ackerberg Group.The winners were selected from a collection of entries representing urban areas from across the globe. Share
The most sought after mela is back again. Touted as one of the most entertaining crowd pullers, SurajKund International Crafts Mela brought together some delectable dishes from across the India in Haryana this year.The food court spread in the sprawling area of the mela has a fantastic range of cuisines with a regional uniqueness. To keep special care of the health and hygiene of the visitors, the authority has ensured that cleanliness is maintained and there is a provision of several garbage bins in the mela premises. Drinking water has also been made available at various places for the convenience of the visitors. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Focussing on the food stalls which display specialities and delicacies of their respective states. From Mumbai’s bhelpuri to Jaipur’s Dal Bhatti Churma and theme state Karnataka’s Sukka Chicken, Masala Dosa and filter coffee and Bihar’s Lithi Chokha, the mela has different state cuisines to be relished. Aloo tikki, Golgappe, Chaat, flavoured milk and Pav Bhaji are the most popular street foods at the Mela. Bhelpuri and Kulfi are other food items high on demand. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe cuisine of the theme state, Karnataka offers a wide variety of food items, which include Bijapur Mirchi, Chakkali, Khadak Rotti, Shavige Bath, Uppittu, Chicken Sukka, Akki Rotti, Kyatsandra Ttiol, Gokak Karadantu and Dharwad Pedha.‘People are very happy to eat authentic South Indian delicacies at out stall. They take keen interest in knowing about our recipes,’ said K. Seenappa, Assistant General Manager, Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation. The wines of Karnataka are also being displayed at the Mela purely for promotional purposes. Praveen Deshpande at the Karnataka wine counter, says, ‘The concept of manufacturing wines is relatively new in India, so we are aggressively marketing our wines in the Northern region, as people here are fond of wine and even the climate is well suited for wine consumption.’ He further added that an array of wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Martot and Cabernet Franc are being produced in their state from French varieties of grapes spread over an area of 2,000 acres.Hot Gulab Jamuns, Gajar Ka Halwa teamed up with ice cold chuskis are some desserts served. The famous Banarasi paans adds to a mouth freshening experience. Cultural performances in the food court add to the wholesome entertainment.DETAILAt: Surajkund Mela Grounds, FaridabadOn till: 15 FebruaryTimings: All day
These are the times when photographs are digital and they are saved in the latest gadgets and written works are coming in an e-book format. Film-maker and actor Aparna Sen released a book on photography titled ‘IMAGES’ and politician Jaya Jaitly released a book on contemporary art titled ‘VOICES’ at the India Habitat Centre on Monday.Edited by art historian and curator Dr Alka Pande, the books produced under the aegis of India Habitat Centre were released to also celebrate the completion of 15 years of the Visual Arts Gallery, which has showcased and promoted some of the most seminal exhibitions over the last fifteen years. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The book ‘IMAGES’ features seven seminal essays on the evolution, growth and importance of the art of photography by names like Bandeep Singh, Robert Pledge, Nathalie Herschdorfer and Ashim Ghosh apart from featuring works of eleven photographers who have been past winners of the annual Habitat Photography award since 2003.The book ‘VOICES’ features twenty decisive essays on the Indian and world contemporary art by influential names like Nissar Allana, Jaya Jaitly, Alka Pande, Jonathan Faiers, Raj Liberhan, Diana Campbell Betancourt, Peter Nagy among others apart from featuring the top twenty exhibitions at Visual Arts Gallery over the last 15 years. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAfter the book release, eminent photographer Bandeep Singh read out excerpts from IMAGES which was followed by a book reading from his book NO COUNTRY by author Kalyan Ray. Young photographers who have been the past winners of India Habitat Centre Photography Fellowship were then awarded by Raj Liberhan, former director, IHC.Rakesh Kacker (Director, India Habitat Centre), Alka Pande (curator), Dr Linus Von Castelmur (Ambassador of Switzerland to India and Bhutan), Aparna Sen (filmmaker and actor), Jaya Jaitly (politician), Kalyan Ray (author), Bandeep Singh (photographer), Aditya Arya (photographer), Sandeep Biswas (artist), Avinash Pasricha (photographer) with wife Kiran, Madhu Jain (columnist), Humra Querishi (columnist), Harinder Singh with wife Kirandeep Kaur (art patron) among others were present on the occasion.