Parks

Although crowdfunding initially developed to support artists and entrepreneurs, crowdfunding sites are funding a growing number of public space projects.
4 days ago   Next City
WXY Architecture + Urban Design is neither an architecture studio nor an urban planning practice. Like an increasing number of firms, it’s both. The trend toward interdisciplinary design has both practical and philosophical roots. Opinion
Apr 3, 2014   By Anna Bergren Miller
A recent article by Bill Lucia explains the reasons to be cautiously optimistic about a proposed park that will replace a demolished Alaskan Viaduct on Seattle’s waterfront.
Mar 10, 2014   Crosscut.com
As the long-awaited Silver Spring Transit Center continues construction, voices in the community want to consider a park adjacent to the forthcoming Metro stop. Dan Reed writes, however, that the area might not be well suited for a park.
Feb 20, 2014   Greater Greater Washington
We desire character, complexity and freedom to move in our urban parks. We prefer wild to “human formed” landscapes. We enjoy a sense of mystery, a sense of discovery as we pick our way and wander through non-concrete environs. Opinion
Feb 6, 2014   By Steven Snell
A new study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology finds that moving to a more-green area can have a long-lasting positive effect on mental health, unlike the short-term jolt from pay rises, promotions or winning the lottery.
Jan 15, 2014   BBC News
An interview with Thomas Balsley, landscape architect and designer of hundreds of parks and plazas in New York, reveals inside baseball about the evolution of park design, planning, and approvals in the Big Apple.
Jan 14, 2014   Metropolis
Pressure is mounting for a decision regarding the future of Crissy Field, an iconic site in the Presidio of San Francisco currently in the final stages of a design competition.
Jan 9, 2014   Huffington Post
A park planned to accompany Minneapolis' new football stadium has raised controversy because of the amount of proposed subsidies. While the details are worked out, planners consider the elements that will ensure its success.
Dec 24, 2013   Next City
According to a recent Rand Corp. study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, fancy redesigns or new equipment may not be necessary to spark more usage in existing parks. Adding a few signs may do the trick.
Oct 20, 2013   Los Angeles Times
For years, science has been catching up to the intuitive wisdom that spending time in, or adjacent to, nature has physical and mental health benefits. The ASLA has collected a trove of this research in one easy to navigate website.
Sep 11, 2013   ASLA