Park Design

The Silver Lake Reservoir and surrounding neighborhoods in Los Angeles, as seen from high above

First Look: Silver Lake Reservoir Master Plan Adopted in L.A.

The Los Angeles City Council approved environmental review documents for the long-awaited Silver Lake Reservoir Master Plan, clearing the way to remake a defunct reservoir into active green and park space.

September 8, 2023 - Urbanize Los Angeles

San Diego Harbor

Seeking Public Input to Improve and Expand Waterfront Park in San Diego

The Port of San Diego is engaging the public to gather additional feedback on the latest draft design for the National City Bayfront’s Pepper Park.

June 28, 2022 - The Log

Presidio San Francisco

S.F. Park Will Provide Panoramic Views of the Bay

In the northwest part of San Francisco, a new park will link the Presidio to the popular Crissy Field.

November 13, 2019 - San Francisco Chronicle

Austin Park

Trends in Community Park Landscape Design and Planning

Urban park planning and design needs to deliver a lot of community benefit from a small amount of space. The lessons that emerge

August 5, 2019 - Claire Hempel

Los Angeles River

Revealed: Three Park Design Proposals for Key L.A. River Parcel

Three design proposals have been unveiled for the Taylor Yards parcel along the L.A. River.

June 5, 2019 - Urbanize LA

Phoenix Aerial

Big Ideas for Downtown Phoenix Park, but Little Progress

Advocates say an upgraded Hance Park could be a great success for the city, but the move forward has been slow.

April 15, 2019 -

Dallas, Texas

Programming Over Serenity Favored in 21st Century Park Design

The new urban public realm in the United States is highly programmed—some of that design approach reflects the trends of culture and some reflects a history of violence and bad for PR for parks at the end of the 20th century.

March 30, 2019 - American Scholar

Trinity Park

First Look at the Planned Trinity Park in Dallas

Dreams look a lot more like reality this week in Dallas.

December 7, 2018 - The Dallas Morning News

Brooklyn Open Space

Field Operations-Designed Domino Park In Brooklyn Reviewed

The long-anticipated Domino Park, located in front of the former Domino Sugar refinery on the East River in Brooklyn, was designed by James Corner Field Operations (JFCO).

November 13, 2018 - The Architect's Newspaper

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Shift in Direction of New York Resiliency Project Raises Questions

After delays and a groundbreaking that still has not happened, proposed changes to New York’s big resiliency project have not been well received.

October 5, 2018 - Politico

Never Built New York: The Pier 55 Park Project for the Hudson River

The Pier 55 proposal made a big splash in New York when it was proposed in 2014, but now it appears headed for the trash bin of history.

March 28, 2017 - The Architect's Newspaper

An Era of Innovation for Park Design

Next City surveys the most ambitious examples of park design from a year of ambitious projects.

January 11, 2016 - Next City

Proactive Approach to Displacement Included With 11th Street Bridge Park Plans

A proposal to design a park at the 11th Street Bridge between Capitol Hill and Historic Anacostia includes a through study of how the new park can connect two neighborhoods without leaving anyone behind.

September 23, 2015 - Greater Greater Washington

Designs Revealed for 'The Commons' Park in Downtown Minneapolis

A 4.2-acre park to be located next to the future home of the Minnesota Vikings will offer something for everyone. The MinnPost has the latest on the park's design.

June 7, 2015 - MinnPost

Large Park Expansion Coming to Seattle's Chinatown

A construction project seeking construction bids will double the size of Hing Hay Park, located in Seattle's Chinatown-International District.

May 27, 2015 - Daily Journal of Commerce

Pershing Square

Los Angeles Searches for Improvements to the Much-Maligned Pershing Square

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.

May 17, 2015 - LA Downtown News

New Round of Design Proposals for St. Petersburg's Off-Shore Park

After an initial failure of public approval, St. Petersburg went back to the drawing board to design new plans for an off-shore park on the historic St. Petersburg Pier.

December 30, 2014 - CityLab

$170 Million Park Would Replace Manhattan's Pier 54

With designs by architect Thomas Heatherwick and Landscape Architect Mathews Nielsen, a park proposal for the Hudson River would make a splashy addition to the neighborhood that boasts the south end of the High Line.

November 19, 2014 - The New York Times

Grand Park Designs for Washington D.C.'s 11th Street Bridge

Jared Green shares news of the finalists in a design competition for a $40 million park on the 11th Street Bridge spanning the Anacostia River in Washington D.C.

September 17, 2014 - ASLA The Dirt

130 Years on, Boston's Emerald Necklace Still a Model Linear Park

Writer Kaid Benfield used a recent trip the American Society of Landscape Architects annual meeting in Boston to reflect on what that city can teach us about designing urban parks.

November 17, 2013 - NRDC Switchboard Blog

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