Parks

August 31, 2010, 6am PDT
Six finalists have been chosen in a bid to redesign Berlin's decommissioned Tempelhof Airport. The airport is currently open as a park, but the city wants a more formal redesign.
Der Spiegel
August 3, 2010, 6am PDT
Three cities -- St. Louis, Houston and Detroit -- have gained new urban parks that are playing big roles in reviving parts of town.
The Washington Post
July 20, 2010, 11am PDT
Decommissioned Tempelhof Airport in Berlin had been the subject of grand plans for reusing the massive space for the last two years. But with little money in city coffers, officials decided to simply open it to the public as-is.
Los Angeles Times
July 15, 2010, 11am PDT
City Parks Blog asked Peter Harnik to answer questions about his new book, Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities, that covers how cities can plan for parks as well as how to create them in 'all built-out' settings.
City Parks Blog
July 12, 2010, 12pm PDT
Michael Jackson fans in Prague want to build a statue commemorating the musician in the same park that once housed the world's biggest bust of Joseph Stalin. Some locals aren't happy about the plan.
Der Spiegel
July 2, 2010, 6am PDT
A new linear park project near L.A.'s port seeks to ride the success of New York City's High Line park.
The Architect's Newspaper
July 1, 2010, 6am PDT
The City of Detroit has announced plans to close 77 city parks this summer in an effort to cut costs.
The Detroit Free Press
June 22, 2010, 1pm PDT
The new Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York is opening bit by bit. <em>Places</em> talks with Matthew Urbanski, one of the principal designers behind the park about its design and impact.
Places
June 21, 2010, 6am PDT
Patrick Arden reports that "No other parks system in America relies as much on other people's money" as New York. Arden examines the public-private partnership, and problems inherent in relying on donations to maintain parks.
Next American City
Blog post
June 12, 2010, 5pm PDT

A recent Planetizen interview on the relationship between park space and active living got me thinking about what spaces inspire physical activity and what spaces discourage it.

In my old apartment complex, the indoor fitness centers were jammed while the nearby riverside walking trails were desolate, despite nearly perfect year-round weather.  Why? The trails were perceived as unsafe because they were completely isolated from view.

Diana DeRubertis
Blog post
June 3, 2010, 8pm PDT

I have to admit, listening to Peter Lovenheim talk about his book “In the Neighborhood, The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time”, spiked my planner’s radar. In his novel, the journalist, quite intentionally, well, the title is self-explanatory isn’t it? It sounded a bit hokey and contrived at first, as did the interview. Lovenheim explained that the only way to truly get to know someone and develop a real sense of intimacy and bond was to sleep in their home and shadow them for the day. But the real story is about the loss of intimacy and comfort among neighbors.

Melissa Hege
June 1, 2010, 6am PDT
Facing tight budgets, many states are closing or limiting access to their parks and natural resources.
The New York Times
May 27, 2010, 8am PDT
With one of Philadelphia's best-supported public parks in danger of losing the private funding that keeps it maintained, <em>Philadelphia Inquirer</em> architecture critic Inga Saffron looks at the sad state of the city's parks.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
May 24, 2010, 11am PDT
In Philadelphia, a recent planning school graduate and his friends are attempting to create a pop-up park in East Passyunk using social media and contest winnings as funding tools.
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 7, 2010, 2pm PDT
Peter Harnik, director of the Center for City Park Excellence at the Trust for Public Land, believes that formulas for how much parkland cities and neighborhoods cause more harm than good.
NRDC Blog
April 20, 2010, 6am PDT
This piece from <em>The Architect's Newspaper</em> takes a look at three midwestern cities that have recently benefited from outside investments in their urban centers.
The Architect's Newspaper
April 15, 2010, 8am PDT
<em>Landscape Architecture</em> Magazine looks at the design behind the new downtown art park in St. Louis and calls it a "hybrid oasis" in the city.
Landscape Architecture
April 14, 2010, 9am PDT
<em>The New York Times</em> takes a look at plans to redesign Governors Island, control of which was recently take over by the City of New York.
The New York Times
April 12, 2010, 2pm PDT
The City has reached a deal to take over 172-acres of undeveloped land from the State, and redevelopment possibilities are flooding in - public park, high school, commercial buildings, NYU satellite campus, and more.
New York Times
April 9, 2010, 2pm PDT
<em>The Infrastructurist</em> lists the top new urban parks that have been built in the U.S. in recent years.
The Infrastructurist