National Park Service Picks Best-designed Parks

07/21/2010 by asladirt

Postado em 08/08/2010 por Cecilia Herzog

The National Park Service’s first Designing the Parks competition announced that a total of 17 projects won honor and merit awards. The Park Service received almost 70 entries submitted by public organizations and private design firms in 20 states and five countries. To win, parks had to engage people, embody sustainability, break traditional barriers, involve the community in decision-making and development, and “demonstrate a reverance for place” (see earlier post). 

National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said: “The entries prove that great park design can change derelict factory sites to ecologically responsible social spaces and old dairy barns to LEED-certified conference facilities. Because the National Park Service has a community and sustainability mission outside the national parks, it is inspiring to recognize these exceptional park designs. These places will improve people’s lives.”

The National Park Service’s Denver Service Center worked together with Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to select the winners, recognizing park design excellence in four categories: master planning, site design, building design and historic preservation design. A number of these projects have also won ASLA professional awards.

Master Planning Awards 

  • Honor: Brooklyn Bridge Park (New York); Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
  • Merit: Parklands of Floyds Fork (Louisville, Ky.); Wallace Roberts & Todd
  • Merit: Minute Man National Historical Park (Concord, Mass.); Bargmann Hendrie + Archetype, Inc.
  • Merit: Flight 93 National Memorial (Somerset, Pa.); Paul Murdoch Architects and Nelson Byrd Woltz

Landscape Architects Site Design Awards

  • Honor: Waterfront Bunkaza Cultural Plaza (Osaka, Japan); RYUICHI ASHIZAWA Architects & Associates
  • Honor: Teardrop Park (New York); Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
  • Merit: Eielson Visitor Center, Denali National Park (Denali, Alaska); Denali National Park and Preserve
  • Merit: Concrete Plant Park, Bronx River Greenway (Bronx, N.Y.); City of New York
  • Merit: Santa Fe Railyard Park (Santa Fe, N.M.); Frederic Schwartz Architects, Ken Smith Landscape Architects, and Mary Miss, Artist
  • Merit: Hudson River Park, Tribeca Section (New York); Mathews Nielsen
  • Merit: Annenberg Community Beach House (Santa Monica, Calif.); Mia Lehrer and Associates

Building Design Awards

  • Honor: Pocono Environmental Education Center Multipurpose Space, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (Dingmans Ferry, Pa.); Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
  • Honor: Liberty Bell Center, Independence National Historical Park (Philadelphia); Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Historic Preservation Design Awards

  • Honor: Blue Ball Barn, Alapocas Run State Park (Wilmington, Del.); Wallace Roberts & Todd
  • Honor: Chapultepec Park (Mexico City); Grupo de Diseño Urbano S.C. /Mario Schjetnan
  • Honor: Cavallo Point Lodge, Golden Gate National Park (San Francisco); Architectural Resource Group and Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, and Office of Cheryl Barton 

Learn more about the winning sites and read jury comments.Image credit: Summer movies in Brooklyn Bridge Park / Julienne Schaer

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The Grey to Green campaign

Postado por Cecilia Herzog

Green infrastructure does not receive anything like the investment or management that goes into grey infrastructure. CABE’s Grey to Green campaign fuels a debate about whether this is smart, given the dangers of climate change and the opportunities to improve public health.

The High Line, New YorkThe High Line, New York. Photo by Iwan Baan © 2009.

Parks and gardens, waterways, allotments, tree-lined streets and green roofs can provide a network of green resources. This green infrastructure could be a powerful tool to help towns and cities to adapt to climate change and improve public health.

Yet decades of under-investment in green space services mean there is an urgent need for more people, with the right skills, to manage this living landscape, and turn green features and spaces into a functioning network.

CABE’s Grey to Green campaign is calling for a shift in funding and skills from grey to green infrastructure. This means moving a proportion of investment in projects like road building and heavy engineering to networks of green spaces to provide flood protection and cut carbon emissions.

The Grey to Green campaign is supported by 13 organisations including English Heritage, Green Space, Keep Britain Tidy, Landscape Institute, Landex, Lantra, Homes and Communities Agency, Institute of Groundsmanship, Institute of Parks and Green Space, Institute for Sport, Parks and Leisure, Royal Horticultural Society, Sustrans and Trees for Cities.

Another supporter, landscape designer Dan Pearson, talks us through how creating green infrastructure is not just a technical exercise in environmental engineering.

Shifting funding and skills to green our cities

The campaign report, Grey to Green: how we shift funding and skills to green our cities, provides fresh ideas and evidence, showing how we could design and manage places in radically different ways.

Stay updated!

Visualising green infrastructure

Nobody knows for sure how much green space there is in Britain, where it is, who owns it and what quality it is. This is particularly true in our towns and cities, whose green infrastructure remains unmapped on a national scale.

Artist and designer Morag Myerscough used a combination of computer technology and painstaking hand rendering to select only the green elements from aerial photographs of three places – Gloucester, Liverpool and the London boroughs of Hackney and Islington.

Separating out the green allows us to look at these places in a completely different way. Simply by recognising how much green infrastructure there is in each place allows us to make comparisons with the grey infrastructure and the resources we apportion to each. These engaging images give us a sense of the quantity and distribution of our green infrastructure – and question the very basis on which we map our towns and cities.

We need maps of grey infrastructure to help us navigate, but they encourage us to think of our cities as made of concrete and tarmac with some green punctuation. These images show us another way of understanding the places where we live.

Gloucester's green infrastructure networkGloucester’s green infrastructure network
Copyright CABE and Morag Myerscough


Managing flood water has become a major concern for Gloucester following 2007’s Severn floods. The Environment Agency is working on alleviation schemes and flood storage areas could provide wildlife parks with public access. A Severn floodplain park is also proposed and a city-centre ecological park would give residents access to meadowlands (see the map).

Liverpool's green infrastructure networkLiverpool’s green infrastructure network
Copyright CABE and Morag Myerscough


Liverpool’s green map shows civic parks running north to south, with large open spaces to the east. Vegetation spreads along railways and roads in the west, with green belt in the south. The Mersey Forest network includes new city woodland (see the map).

Hackney and Islington's green infrastructure networkHackney and Islington’s green infrastructure network
Copyright CABE and Morag Myerscough

Islington and Hackney

Hackney has generous green spaces in its north and east, including part of the London 2012 site. Islington, by contrast, has the least green space per head in London, with Highbury Fields one of its few green spaces. So its waterways are important: the Grand Union Canal runs east to west across the borough (see the map).

Mapping the nation’s green spaces

The green information gap: mapping the nation’s green spaces advocates a single, shared, information resource – a kind of atlas – to help piece together the different elements of the nation’s green infrastructure – parks, gardens, allotments, trees, green roofs, cemeteries, woodlands, commons, grasslands, moors and wetlands.


postado por Cecilia Herzog


Design + Remediation


Design + Remediation is an online exhibit featuring a compilation of international brownfield redevelopment projects selected for their creative, sustainable approach to site remediation. Each demonstrates that intelligent and innovative design can turn an environmentally-distressed and underutilized eyesore into a beautiful community asset, while saving millions of dollars in project costs and reducing the carbon footprint of development.

The architects and planners on each of these projects chose to incorporate contaminated soil and other materials directly into the site design, rather than hauling them offsite. Removing materials from a site requires significant input of mechanical and manual energy, and the need for transport vehicles increases the carbon emissions associated with cleanup. The energy-efficient technique of remedial capping reduces both project costs and the environmental impact of development.

CCLR strives to encourage and facilitate responsible land use in order to create sustainable communities, limit urban sprawl and conserve green space. The Design + Remediation exhibit is one approach that CCLR is taking to achieve these goals by promoting green remediation and innovative design. By displaying projects that utilize onsite remediation, Design + Remediation demonstrates that with a little creative thinking sustainable brownfield redevelopment is within our grasp.


Gas Works Park Richard Haag Seattle, WA 1975

Thames Barrier Park Patel Taylor, Group Signes London, England 2000

Rincon Park Office of Cheryl Barton San Francisco, CA 2000

Millennium Parklands (Sydney Olympic Park) Peter Walker + Partners, HASSEL, Bruce Mackenzie Design Sydney, Australia 2001

Duisburg-Nord Landscape Park Latz+Partner Duisburg, Germany 2002

Westergasfabriek Culture Park Gustafson-Porter Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2003

Union Point Park PGA Design, Mario Schjetnan Oakland, CA 2004

Alumnae Valley Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Wellesley College, MA 2006

The Trail of the Coeur D’Alenes Mitchell Nelson Group Silver Valley, ID 2005

Toronto Waterfront Lower Don Lands Michael Van Valkenburgh Toronto, Canada

Fresh Kills Field Operations Staten Island, NY

Ayalon Park Latz+Partner Tel Aviv, Israel



Sobre Cecilia Herzog
Lancei o livro CIDADES PARA TODOS: (RE)APRENDENDO A CONVIVER COM A NATUREZA em junho de 2013. Sou presidente cofundadora do Instituto INVERDE, onde atuo desde janeiro de 2009. O objetivo do INVERDE é educar, conscientizar e propor um novo paradigma de cidades sustentáveis e resilientes em harmonia com a natureza, baseado em inter e transdisciplinaridade. Durante os últimos quatro anos organizei os ciclos de palestras e mesas redondas INVERDE (com apoio da AMIGOS DO PARQUE NACIONAL DA TIJUCA no Parque Lage) sobre sustentabilidade das cidades, com palestrantes nacionais e internacionais. Organizo e dou, juntamente com Pierre-André Martin) semestralmente o curso de curta duração ‘Infraestrutura Verde para Cidades Sustentáveis’. Sou professora da PUC-Rio. Durante a assembleia durante o 1o. Congresso Mundial de Ecologia Urbana, organizado pela Society for Urban Ecology - SURE, fundamos o capítulo brasileiro do qual sou a presidente. Escrevo regularmente para o blog internacional The Nature of Cities, o qual reúne mais de 50 profissionais, pesquisadores e pessoas que de alguma forma estão ligadas à natureza nas cidades de praticamente todos os países do planeta.

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