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Three reports we’re reading now

August 7, 2014 by Janette Law

A quick look at the some of the topics and data that inform our work.   1. Regional Park Usage Among Select Communities of Color Diverse communities think of nature, animals, and security when they think of parks. But lack of awareness, time and safety concerns top a list of barriers to enjoying the regional park.....

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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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Flinder’s St. Station competition announces a winner or two

August 9, 2013 by Janette Law

However you define a “jury of your peers,” entrants to the just-wrapped Flinders Street Station Design Competition (Melbourne, Australia) were judged by them. First and formally by the panel of eminent architects and other experts, led by Victorian Government Architect Professor Geoffrey London, which selected the winning team (see below). The public was invited to.....

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

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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Eye on Flinders Street Station Design Competition

July 24, 2013 by Janette Law

Down under, the Victorian Coalition Government is overseeing a wildly inspiring design competition to rejuvenate one of the city’s most recognized historic places and its busiest train station. Over 150,000 people use Flinders Street Station daily. Built in 1910 and located in the heart of the Central Business District, Flinders Street Station now “needs to.....

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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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Researchers say parks relieve stress

April 8, 2013 by Janette Law

Can simply walking through a park help relieve stress? Some Scottish researchers think so. Recent findings by a Scottish company testing portable EEG (electroencephalogram) machines showed that walking through a park for even a short period of time calmed the brainwaves of study participants. Results of this kind speak to the relationship between people and.....

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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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