Who Really Benefits From Central Park?

Our contributor looks to Central Park to explore the tensions between public accessibility and socio-economic segregation in New York City.

Central Park is lauded as one of New York’s greatest urban achievements, but whom does it actually serve?

In Atlanta, Transforming a Freeway Into a Cultural Greenway

The Atlanta Connector Transformation Project suggests how, through landscape design, lighting, and art, a freeway can be integrated into a larger community.

  Midtown section of the plan with building labels Freeways have sliced through the hearts of many communities, creating derelict wastelands that destroy neighborhoods and sever connections. Our cities have buried, covered, or dismantled the massive structures required for high-speed automobile infrastructure. With our virtual vacuum of public finance for such projects going forward, we need to ask: What’s the…

Four Landscape Projects That Celebrate Their Local Character

Landscapes offer enormous potential for unique environments that attract attention early and grow more beloved over time.

What makes a place memorable? How does it connect to its community? Why do people visit—and what makes them come back? We instinctively seek authenticity of locale. Landscape provides a logical instrument for creating authentic regional expressions of place.  While buildings are often standardized—whether for economy of scale, construction typology, or program—landscapes are adaptable. They offer enormous potential for unique…

How Valencia Turned A Crisis (And a River) Into a Transformative Park

In 1957, Valencia experienced a devastating flood that forever changed the city. The following year, the city embraced a plan to divert the Turia river.

  Valencia’s Green River, Photography by Brian Phelps. Bold ideas are easy, implementing them is hard. This is particularly true as cities around the world want to use their landscape infrastructure to address the issues they face. How can interventions be woven into the existing urban fabric? Beyond simply mustering the financial resources or political will, one must seek opportunities…

In-Closure: A Park for Seattle That Any Citizen Can Claim

One of the three finalists for the URBAN INTERVENTION ideas competition proposes an enclosed bucolic landscape where local groups can claim territory.

“The -closure project goes far beyond a plain “public space”…it is the place where urban micro-events happen…conveying a social and interdependent economy based on time – a new type of commodity money to chat, debate, help ideas to germinate, be involved in community service, help, learn, play, relax, stroll, improve…” (ABF narrative) What is the nature of public space in…