Case Studies

Going with the flow – again – in Los Angeles

September 12, 2014 by Louise Mageli

The Los Angeles River, as seen in Hollywood movies like Grease and Gone in 60 Seconds, isn’t a river at all: It’s a cold concrete channel cutting under freeways and urban vistas. But this sub-urban waterway wasn’t always like that, and soon it won’t be anymore. Residents and visitors alike will turn toward the river.....

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New Olympic Park reigns over East London (Next Gen case study)

May 5, 2014 by Mike Richardson

Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park was the site of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London (then known simply as “Olympic Park”). At 560 acres, it’s as large as London’s famed Hyde Park, falls within four East London boroughs and is the largest urban park constructed in Europe in more than 150 years. Planning.....

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Toronto builds an uncommonly innovative waterfront park (NGP case study)

March 24, 2014 by Mike Richardson

Overview Sherbourne Common is a waterfront park in downtown Toronto designed to be both a physical and human revitalization project for the city. This space was an unproductive and undervalued industrial site that sat empty for decades. Built before any other development in the area, today Sherbourne Common helps define Toronto’s brand as an innovative.....

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No bull: Superkilen is the Next Generation of Parks™ (case study)

August 9, 2013 by Elizabeth Hixson

Copenhagen, Denmark Overview A former rail yard in Nørrebro, a neighborhood north of the city center in Copenhagen, Denmark has been transformed into Superkilen (Danish for “super wedge”). This genre-defying new park opened in late 2012 and has received critical acclaim from the ASLA, AIA and many design magazines. Off the beaten path, the neighborhood.....

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Next Gen Events | Watch Eelco Hooftman’s thoroughly enjoyable talk in Minneapolis, May 9

May 21, 2013 by Janette Law

Thanks to the Walker Art Center for creating and sharing this video.

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Tempelhof Airport Event

Next Generation of Parks | Tempelhof Berlin Case Study

May 6, 2013 by Janette Law

Overview Tempelhof is a 950-acre park site in the heart of Berlin, Germany, with nearly a thousand years of history in its soil. Named for its colonization by the Knights Templar in the 1200s, Tempelhof is 100 acres larger than New York’s Central Park and 200 acres larger than Wirth Park in Minneapolis. From its.....

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The Next Generation of Parks | Canal Park, Washington DC

February 25, 2013 by Elizabeth Hixson

Overview The Canal Park three-acre site – near the Navy Yard, the Near Southeast neighborhood and Capper/Carrollsburg housing area – has seen dramatic transitions in the last century. Historically, a canal ran through this area, connecting the Anacostia River to the Potomac River through the National Mall. In the early 20th century, the canal was.....

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The Next Generation of Parks | The Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York

January 23, 2013 by Elizabeth Hixson

Overview At an iconic location along the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn, the highly anticipated Brooklyn Bridge Park is nearly complete – and already making headlines. Designed to be resilient, its characteristic marshes and soft edges helped Brooklyn Bridge Park survive Hurricane Sandy substantially intact. In fact, sustainability – both financial and environmental –.....

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The Next Generation of Parks | Pirrama Park, Sydney

November 26, 2012 by Elizabeth Hixson

Meet Pirrama Park, an award-winning, multifunctional public park in Sydney, Australia. This new waterfront amenity reflects the site’s maritime history and educates visitors about water through playful elements. The name, Pirrama, comes from the local indigenous name for the area. Scope According to the City of Sydney, the 1.8 hectacre (4.45 acre) Pirrama Park’s design.....

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The Next Generation of Parks | Atlanta BeltLine

November 5, 2012 by Elizabeth Hixson

Project Atlanta BeltLine, Georgia, USA Can we leverage parks and transit corridors to build a better, more connected city? Atlanta’s BeltLine, a multifaceted plan to add transit, parks, trails, affordable housing, art, preservation, and clean polluted sites, does just that. Initially the vision of a graduate student’s doctoral thesis, the BeltLine gained traction with the.....

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