What’s the Big Idea? Debating the Future of a Great Urban Park

Developing the parks

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Charles A. Birnbaum :huffingtonpost – excerpt

America’s 21st century urban parks have the ability to be transformational; and when a design embraces the unique qualities of a given site, it can deepen the public’s understanding and value of our shared landscape heritage, something we’ve already seen with visionary works like New York’s High Line. This is an exciting time for landscape architects, urban planners, building architects, municipal officials and other professionals involved with urban parks – they’re being challenged and inspired to be more innovative, think more holistically and delve more deeply, for example, into the interplay between natural and cultural systems. But, this is more than just which cities will create their own High Lines, this is about being inspirational, entrepreneurial, resourceful, site-sensitive and visionary.

That’s why the current, rather frothy debate about proposed development at Crissy Field in the Presidio at San Francisco’s Golden Gate National…

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