Lake Flato creates pavilions with concrete “petals” for San Antonio’s Confluence Park

American firm Lake Flato has designed a riverfront park in southern Texas, with sculptural pavilions that provide shade on sunny days and help collect rainwater during storms. Confluence Park is located on a bluff overlooking the point where the San Pedro Creek merges with the San Antonio River. Covering three acres (1.2 hectares), the public

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Six-acre park opens at Williamsburg’s Domino Sugar Factory site

US studio James Corner Field Operations has created a public park on the waterfront site around the former Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, featuring a sunbathing spot, an industrial-style playground and a taco stand. Opening this week, Domino Park comprises six acres (2.4 hectares) of parkland, stretching a quarter of a mile along the East River in

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Pitched-roof structure revitalises public space at Veracruz port

An underused public space in Veracruz, Mexico, has been given new life by Rozana Montiel and Alvin V Wallach, who built a canopy over the plaza to protect it from the elements. The Court project sought to accommodate a range of activities on an existing plaza at the port of Veracruz, which lies east of

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Ice-skating trail transforms unused space beneath Toronto highway

The latest instalment of our Dezeen x MINI Living video series explores an unused space beneath a highway in Toronto, which is being overhauled to create a new park complete with an ice-skating track. Developed by urban designer Ken Greenberg and Toronto landscape architecture firm Public Work, the Bentway will be a linear park that occupies a

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Gabled kiosks by Atelier Urban Face tilt away from Mount Royal’s slope

These kiosks on Montreal’s namesake peak lean away from the hillside at different angles to look as if they’re being blown over by the wind. The trio of Mount Royal Kiosks is situated close to Beaver Lake, an artificial pond within the Mount Royal Park – inaugurated in 1876 and designed by landscape architect Frederick

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“There is no need to destroy one significant cultural legacy in order to celebrate another”

The Obama Presidential Center will be presented to the Chicago City Council today. But its proposed siting in the city’s Jackson Park will both remove acres of public land and blight Fredrick Law Olmsted’s historic landscape design, argues The Cultural Landscape Foundation president Charles A Birnbaum. Tod Williams and Billie Tsien are gifted architects. Their

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wHY proposes undulating park for cyclists and runners along New York’s East River

The landscape and urban design arm of US architecture firm wHY has developed a proposal for oscillating bicycle and pedestrian pathways along the Manhattan side of the East River. wHY’s internal studio Grounds developed the scheme in response to a request for proposal from non-profit organisation New York City Economic Development Corporation, as part of

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Barry Diller launches “one last attempt” to revive Heatherwick’s Pier 55 for New York

Media mogul Barry Diller is making a last-ditch effort to build Thomas Heatherwick’s “treasure island” park on the Hudson River, despite abandoning the plans last month. Diller issued a statement today outlining his revived enthusiasm for Pier 55, after announcing he was cancelling it on 13 September 2017. “I’m going to make one last attempt

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Winning design chosen for Norwegian government headquarters following 2011 terrorist attack

Haptic and Nordic Office of Architecture have won the competition to redesign the Norwegian government headquarters after it was damaged during a fatal terrorist attack six years ago. The winning proposal called Adapt was developed by Nordic Office of Architecture and Haptic under the same Team Urbis. The architects are working with engineering firm Ramboll, landscape studios SLA and Bjørbekk & Lindheim, and consultants Asplan Viak, COWI, Aas-Jacobsen, Per Rasmussen,

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Loop NYC driverless-car proposal offers Manhattanites more time and green space

New York studio Edg has proposed converting some of Manhattan’s major roads into public-transit highways for driverless vehicles, in order to reduce travel times and turn the island’s central thoroughfares into landscaped parks. Edg’s project, named Loop NYC, envisions swapping existing cross streets and highways for “driverless expressways” that could shuttle people around the city

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18 “rail-to-trail” projects following in the High Line’s footsteps

The creators of New York’s High Line have launched a platform to advise similar infrastructure reuse projects in the USA. We’ve rounded up the 18 other schemes in the works, including an OMA-designed bridge with ramps and waterfalls, and an underground park. The hugely popular High Line park, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations, reclaimed

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High Line creators launch website to advise on avoiding gentrification

The organisation behind New York’s High Line elevated park has created an online forum that offers advice for those embarking on similar infrastructure reuse projects. The High Line Network has been set up by Joshua David and Robert Hammond to ensure that other projects adapting disused infrastructure into public spaces are successful in creating all-inclusive public environments. The duo, who came

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James Corner Field Operations adds circular landscaping to Philadelphia Navy Yards Central Green

A+Awards: landscaped circles accommodate different activities at the centre of the redeveloped Navy Yards in Philadelphia, designed by James Corner Field Operations and a winner at the 2016 Architizer A+Awards. The Central Green sits at the heart of the former boat-building docks in the south of the city, which have undergone extensive regeneration into a

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McGregor Coxall proposes wetland “bird airport” for northern China

Landscape architects McGregor Coxall has won a competition to design a wetland sanctuary in Tianjin, offering migrating birds a stopover to fatten up and breed. The Lingang Eco Park contest called for a landfill site in the city’s Lingang area to be transformed to create pockets of wetland, parkland and an urban forest along the East Asian–Australasian Flyway (EAAF). This route

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Exhibition surveys work of modernist landscape architect Lawrence Halprin

Parks with terraced fountains and chunky concrete formations are among works by American landscape architect Lawrence Halprin featured in a show at the National Building Museum in Washington DC. Titled The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin, the exhibition presents more than 50 new photographs of Halprin’s projects, including a stone-lined corridor for Yosemite Falls in

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Carlo Ratti proposes floating plaza for Florida waterfront

Architecture office Carlo Ratti Associati has used submarine technologies to design a buoyant public space off the coast of West Palm Beach’s Currie Park. As part of his masterplan for the Florida city’s waterfront, architect Carlo Ratti and his team have proposed a plaza that will be partly submerged and constructed like an underwater vessel.

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Elevated urban park in Atlanta would stretch over a rail line and highway

American firms Rogers Partners and Nelson Byrd Waltz have conceived a raised, tree-lined park for Atlanta, Georgia, that would be built atop rail tracks and a busy roadway (+ slideshow). Called Bulkhead Park Over GA400, the project calls for a strip of green space to be constructed over a freeway and commuter railway in Buckhead, More

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Heatherwick defends Garden Bridge as investigation reveals £22 million funding gap

Thomas Heatherwick has defended his Garden Bridge proposal for London’s River Thames, after a BBC report found that the project was missing £22 million in funding. Heatherwick appeared on last night’s BBC Newsnight TV programme, which centred around an investigation into the funding of the project. He said the bridge had become a political football, More

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Deodoro Olympic Park will host multiple sporting events during the Rio 2016 games

Rio 2016: a 2.5 million-square-metre area west of Rio de Janeiro has been transformed by Brazilian firm Vigliecca & Associados to become one of two major locations during the city’s Olympic and Paralympic games (+ slideshow). The Deodoro Olympic Park is the largest of Rio’s Olympic zones, and is set to host 11 Olympic and More

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New York gives thumbs up to subterreanean Lowline park

New York’s City Hall has given the go-ahead for the Lowline underground park, which aims to emulate the success of the city’s elevated High Line (+ slideshow). Billed as the world’s first underground park, the scheme proposes transforming a section of a former trolley terminal in Manhattan’s Lower East Side into a public space. It will be More

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West 8 creates artificial hills on New York’s Governors Island

Landscape architecture firm West 8 has added rolling hills with playgrounds and art installations across Governors Island in New York harbour (+ slideshow). Opening to the public later this month, The Hills on Governors Island takes up 10 acres (four hectares) of park space. Measuring between 26 and 70 feet (eight and 21 metres) in height, More

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Renzo Piano completes Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on a huge artificial hill

Italian architect Renzo Piano has finished a major new park, library and theatre complex in Athens, following one of the largest donations for a cultural building project in history (+ slideshow). Located in the Kallithea district in the south of the Greek capital, the huge Stavros Niarchos Cultural Centre creates new homes for the National Library of Greece and More

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Heatherwick’s Pier 55 to begin construction over New York’s Hudson River

British designer Thomas Heatherwick’s elevated park over the Hudson River has been given the go ahead by planners and will start construction this summer. The 2.7-acre Pier 55 has been given final consent by the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Hudson River Park Trust announced last week, after the project overcame a lawsuit earlier More

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Four competing designs unveiled for Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles

The four competing proposals for the revamp of LA’s Pershing Square have been finalised and revealed, by designers including Morphosis and James Corner Field Operations (+ slideshow). Set to be presented to the public today, the schemes are evolutions of initial concepts that were shown last December, and all four aim to revitalise the square, which is one of the city’s oldest public More

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OMA unveils “new type of park space” for Los Angeles’ FAB Civic Center competition

Architecture firm OMA is one of four firms shortlisted to design the FAB Civic Center Park in Los Angeles, with a proposal that includes mirrored canopies and shaded bleacher seating under a cantilevered cafe (+ slideshow). The competition to create a public park at Downtown LA’s First Street and Broadway (FAB) intersection is down to More

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TAKA slots tearooms and toilets beneath brick arches in Dublin’s St Patrick’s Park

TAKA has completed St Patrick’s Park Tearooms, a cafe with bright green window frames that is located beneath the brick arches of a Dublin park originally commissioned by the Guinness family (+ slideshow). Dublin studio TAKA was asked by the city’s council to design a cafe and toilet block to revitalise a pair of disused store rooms on the corner of St Patrick’s Park, located More

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Carlo Ratti designs mile-high observation tower with a park on top

Italian architect Carlo Ratti has unveiled plans to build a mile-high observation tower, envisioned as a vertical alternative to New York’s Central Park. Measuring 1,609 metres high, the tower would be almost double the height of the world’s tallest building – the 828-metre-high Burj Khalifa. It would be covered in plants, and would feature a vertiginous viewing platform. “Imagine you take More

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West 8 plans botanical garden for Houston featuring an arching tree bridge

Dutch landscape firm West 8 has masterplanned a new botanical garden in Houston, Texas, featuring a mosaic of gardens and a bridge incorporating an arch of trees. Encompassing 120 acres (49 hectares), the Houston Botanic Garden will replace a golf course in the suburb of Glenbrook Valley, near the city’s airport. The area is bordered by More

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The Hills by West 8 opening this summer on New York’s Governors Island

A park consisting of towering hills designed by Dutch landscape firm West 8 will open this summer on Governors Island, offering sweeping views of the New York Harbor and the city skyline. The Hills, as the project is called, consists of four mounds ranging in height from 25 to 70 feet (seven to 21 meters). More

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Four finalists announced for revamp of Pershing Square in downtown LA

Architecture studio Morphosis and landscape architect James Corner Field Operations are among the four teams that have been shortlisted to redesign one of Los Angeles’ oldest public parks. Pershing Square Renew, a public-private partnership focused on renovating the park, announced the finalists this week. The competition was launched in September and drew 54 team entries. “The world-class firms selected by our jury More

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Perkins Eastman proposes turning New York’s Broadway into one long park

Perkins Eastman Architects’ Green Line concept would see New York’s iconic Broadway converted into a linear park running from Columbus Circle to Union Square. The Green Line would create a more than 40-block long park for pedestrians and cyclists that would connect many of the city’s famous public spaces – including Union Square, Madison Square, More

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Terraces of plants in Yanweizhou Park “control floods in an ecological way”

World Architecture Festival 2015: in this exclusive movie, Andrew Buck of Turenscape discusses the flood-resistant topography of the Chinese landscape firm’s award-winning wetland park in Jinhua, China. Yanweizhou Park, which was crowned World Landscape of the Year at World Architecture Festival 2015, is a 26-hectare wetland park at the mouth of three rivers in China’s […]

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MVRDV unveils plans for sunken lagoon park in Taiwan

Dutch architecture studio MVRDV is to replace a flooded shopping centre in the Taiwanese city Tainan with a lagoon to create a “hip urban pool” and artificial beach (+ slideshow). The Rotterdam firm won a competition to transform the shopping centre into a park and is working with local studios The Urbanist Collaborative and LLJ Architects on […]

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Bell Phillips converts Victorian gas holder into circular park for King’s Cross

A Victorian gas holder has been converted into a park with a circular lawn and a polished steel pavilion as part of the ongoing redevelopment of King’s Cross, London. London studio Bell Philips won a competition to design Gasholder Park in 2009 as part of the wider King’s Cross regeneration. The cylindrical frame surrounding the park is known as Gasholder No. 8 and was originally […]

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ArandaLasch presents art park designs for sensitive ecological site in Bali

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: US firm ArandaLasch has unveiled plans for an art park for a Chinese-Indonesian philanthropist, proposed on terraced rice paddies in the Bali countryside (+ slideshow). The project, called Budidesa, is featured in the Chicago Architecture Biennial, which opened on 3 October and continues to 3 January 2016. The development will encompass 161,000 […]

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Green canopy by Garis Architects spans the grounds of community centre in Malaysia

Trailing plants cascade over the edge of this elevated walkway, which was designed by Garis Architects to shelter a community events space in western Malaysia (+ slideshow). Named The Arc after its bridge-like form, the project was designed by local studio Garis Architects in a park in Selangor, a state on Malaysia’s western coast. A covered corridor beneath the canopy links a […]

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Mexican architects to create public park in the centre of a busy Mexico City road

Fernando Romero and two other Mexican architects have unveiled plans to transform Mexico City’s Avenida Chapultepec into a public park featuring trees, cafe plazas, a raised promenade and water features. Romero’s studio FR-EE is working with FRENTE and RVDG on the overhaul of the busy 10-lane road that runs west to east between Chapultepec Park and […]

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Höweler + Yoon creates canopy of folded metal plates for urban park in Phoenix

Boston studio Höweler + Yoon has stitched together steel modules to form a faceted canopy that shades an urban pocket park in the desert city of Phoenix, Arizona (+ slideshow). Called Shadow Play, the powder-coated steel structure is composed of clusters of geometric modules that are thin but structurally rigid. The clusters – held up by vertical supports […]

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Underline park by James Corner Field Operations would stretch below elevated rail tracks in Miami

James Corner Field Operations – one of the studios behind New York’s popular High Line – has designed a new park for downtown Miami that would be constructed beneath an elevated rail line (+ slideshow). Working with the nonprofit group Friends of The Underline, James Corner Field Operations has conceived the 10-mile-long (16 kilometre) park and urban […]

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Waterside park by MIA Design Studio runs alongside a lake in Vietnam

Vietnamese office MIA Design Studio has transformed a polluted lake in the city of Qui Nhon into a scenic visitor attraction, with the addition of a waterside park that conceals a new sewage system (+ slideshow). MIA Design Studio – which also recently completed a plant-covered spa in Danang – has overhauled the entire northern edge […]

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Lowline creators launch Kickstarter campaign for underground park in New York

Creators of the proposed Lowline in New York, billed as the world’s first underground park, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund development of the project (+ slideshow). Designed by James Ramsey of Raad Studio, the scheme proposes transforming an abandoned, underground trolley terminal in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighbourhood into a one-acre (4,000-square-metre) public park with […]

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Drum-like pavilion by GH3 creates a glowing presence in a Canadian city park

The mirrored glass surface of this park pavilion in Edmonton, Canada, helps the structure merge with its surroundings during the day and glow from within at night (+ slideshow) Borden Park Pavilion was designed by Toronto studio GH3 to accommodate public toilets and vending machines within its cylindrical core, while the gap between this core […]

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Supermachine Studio adds labyrinthine staircase to seaside park in Thailand

This concrete tower of interconnecting red staircases was designed by Thai firm Supermachine Studio for an elevated game of hide and seek (+ slideshow).  The Labyrinth was designed by Bangkok-based Supermachine Studio for a spot on the edge of a park near Bang Saen Beach, a coastal resort 60 miles east of the Thai capital. Related story: Mecanoo designs a pavilion with a […]
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Turenscape transforms “lifeless ditch” into wetland park with meandering causeways

Spindly orange walkways are raised above the waters and meadows of this wetland park designed by landscape architects Turenscape on a neglected river in China (+ slideshow).  The Slow Down: Liupanshui Minghu Wetland Park was designed by Beijing landscape studio Turenscape for the River Suichenghe, in the city of Liupanshui, Guizhou Province. Related story: Riverside park by Topiaris Landscape Architecture […]
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