Sails Park Benches | Montreal Canada | Les Ateliers Guyon

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The concept is simple: create an unusual work where users can comfortably sit and contemplate to the sound of wind and waves, along the majesty of the banks of the St. Lawrence. The designer wanted to create a memorial while integrating functional street furniture. And so he imagined majestic sails of white oak, concrete and metal, echoing the chapter in history and to be installed where Fort Vercheres stood in 1670. The white oak was chosen by the designer as the same wood was used in the seventeenth century for the construction of sailboats and barrels.

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Walla Mulla Park | Sydney Australia | Terragram

Walla Mulla Park, Terragram, Sydney Australia

Walla Mulla Park, was generated by the construction of the Eastern suburbs railway line in the 1970s, which saw the demolition of a number of terrace houses, resulting in left over space reclaimed as a park. The site, neighbouring a homeless men’s hostel, came to be frequented by a number of homeless people – some longterm residents and other transient dwellers. Walla Mulla Park soon became notorious for all that homelessness embodies in society’s eyes – drug dealing, alcohol abuse, vandalism, dirtiness. Mostly a collection of people with tragic stories, hiding behind a façade of hostility.
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Leise-Park | Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg Germany | gruppe F landscape architects

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The park at Heinrich-Roller-Straße incorporates parts of the old cemetery of St. Marien and St. Nikolai II, a new public green space of approx. 3.7 acres (1,5 ha) was created. The new design aimed at a widely accepted solution that would bring long-lasting improvements to the neighbourhood. Therefore an intensive participation initiative accompanied the planning process, offering the chance to develop sound design ideals and a robust implementation strategy together with residents, interested local institutions and the authority in charge.

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Derbyshire Street Pocket Park | London UK | Greysmith Associates

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Greysmith Associates have secured funding from the Mayor of London and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to turn a dead-end street into a pocket park.

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VIDEO | The Best Planned City: Olmsted, Vaux and the Buffalo Park System by LALH

The Library of Landscape Heritage has just released a new video, The Best Planned City: Olmsted, Vaux and the Buffalo Park System. The short documentary (under 15 mins) is based on the LALH book by Francis R. Kowsky, which explores the development of the nation’s first park system, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1868. All films in the North America by Design series are produced by LALH in association with Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc.

The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux, and the Buffalo Park System by Francis R. Kowsky is available through LALH for $USD39.99 + P&H 

Chemin-Qui-Marche Lookout | Montreal Canada | GROUPE IBI-CHBA

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Image Credit | Alexis Nollet

The planning concept for the park is an expression of the traces of its past and the important moments of its history. The esplanade also highlights the spirit of place found in the contemporary urban grid of the neighborhood. The park becomes a witness to the site’s history, commemorating it through three key landscape elements: the river and its piers, the vestiges of former railways lines, and the historic city in development.

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New Dutch Waterline National Centre | Bunnik Netherlands | Parklaan

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The parking field with tetrahedrons that evoke memories of anti-tank barricades. Parklaan under the instruction of Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie project office (New Dutch Waterline) and the Province of Utrecht creatively designed the main entrance of the New Dutch Waterline National Centre (and Limes). The most important challenge was to design a car park for 250 cars and a pedestrain access to Fort Vechten. The design was made in cooperation with the visual artist Paul de Kort.

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