Urban Parks

April 28, 2016, 7am PDT
Seattle's 12th Avenue park offers a prototype for future urban parks. It is compact, doesn't require buying a lot of costly land, and can accommodate neighborhood scale events and programs
Crosscut
Blog post
February 26, 2016, 5am PST
Architects will soon be hired to design Obama's presidential library in Chicago. It may turn out to be a beautiful building, but will it be worth all that is lost in the process?
Mark Hough
November 13, 2015, 6am PST
While standardized metrics for determining the number of and place for city parks cannot replace more fine grain analysis, they can be useful tools. Park planner Clement Lau writes about five park-need metrics, including a couple of the newest.
UrbDeZine
October 27, 2015, 1pm PDT
Are there too many urban parks and plazas? If not, why do some fail? In this collaborative article, several urban planning gurus from different cities respond to these questions. They provide both shared and unique perspectives.
UrbDeZine
October 4, 2015, 1pm PDT
Too often, street-side parklets become little more than semi-private patios for the businesses that sponsor them. Pavement parks, replacing dangerous intersections, may be a more worthwhile option.
Next City
August 19, 2015, 6am PDT
Recent studies show that urban parks are healthy in surprising ways in addition to physical and emotional health, writes Jeff Caldwell of Litchfield Landscape Elements.
UrbDeZine
July 24, 2015, 7am PDT
A new study offers evidence that walking in a natural setting is more beneficial to mental health than walking in an urban setting.
New York Times
July 7, 2015, 7am PDT
For a long time, surface parking lots blanketed Maryland's Montgomery County. Developers and county officials now prioritize mixed-use infill with parking concealed underground.
WAMU
June 29, 2015, 7am PDT
The Atlantic's Eric Jaffe centers on James Corner's latest work in Cleveland's Public Square, and goes to describe his other well-known projects, including the High Line, and transformations of public parks and urban spaces throughout the country.
The Atlantic Magazine
May 29, 2015, 1pm PDT
The proposed Boulder Food Park repurposes a decrepit site into usable space for food truck patrons. Since the site is adjacent to a brick-and-mortar restaurant, a zoning exemption may be required.
The Denver Post
May 17, 2015, 9am PDT
A series of public outreach events are being held in Pershing Square to determine how to make the park more engaging. Live music and fewer physical barriers to entry are among the ideas suggested.
LA Downtown News
Blog post
May 1, 2015, 10am PDT

A lot of people think exclusively of plants when they hear the term landscape. Without a common language to effectively describe it, the role landscape plays in the urban realm will remain undervalued.

Mark Hough
Blog post
January 20, 2015, 2pm PST
The urban landscape has become increasingly important for cities striving to be taken seriously on the world stage. And while creating big parks is an obvious trend, getting the small moves right can be just as important.
Mark Hough
October 28, 2014, 9am PDT
The ULI has granted its annual award for the best new open space to Klyde Warren Park, a freeway cap park in Dallas.
Urban Land Institute
October 24, 2014, 11am PDT
As the redesign for LOVE Park begins, Ashley Hahn reminds us of the park's role in supporting and maintaining civic life in the city of brotherly love.
PlanPhilly
October 3, 2014, 6am PDT
More cities around the country are embracing skateparks as a vital part of park design, leading to a new wave of urban design standards tailored for skateboarders.
Next City
September 26, 2014, 12pm PDT
Two new studies use EEG and fMRI to pinpoint which elements of urban parks and gardens induce brain activity associated with meditative states.
Next City
September 25, 2014, 11am PDT
With an ailing economy and soaring unemployment, the city of Athens, Greece is planning on selling 6.2 million square meters to Lamda Development SA.
This City Life
September 14, 2014, 11am PDT
West Hollywood, California Mayor John D'Amico is leading calls to add more dog-friendly amenities to designs for Phase 2 of the city's civic park.
Los Angeles Times
August 27, 2014, 6am PDT
The latest installment of the GOOD Cities Project has produced an infographic that provides a look at the "ever-vital urban park" by comparing the park efforts of cities around the country.
GOOD Magazine