Parks of the 21st Century with Victoria Newhouse

June 30, 2022, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Parks are essential to our well-being—this has never been clearer than it is today—and a recent surge of green space development offers us much to celebrate. PARKS OF THE 21STCENTURY: REINVENTED LANDSCAPES, RECLAIMED TERRITORIES presents fifty-two remarkable parks in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, and China. These open spaces have turned despoiled and polluted land (including former factories, railroads, and industrial waterfronts) into landscapes that are beneficial to the people who enjoy them and contribute to international efforts to combat climate change.


Landscape architects have been referred to as “the first environmentalists,” and this thoughtful book examines how parks are being designed as “living landscapes” using sustainable construction and maintenance procedures. The High Line (2009) in New York is an early example of how obsolete infrastructure can be transformed. Renewed green spaces provide open space for residents and visitors across all social and economic boundaries and at the same time offer economic revitalization and large-scale ecological services. Innovative design strategies help counter climate change with wetlands that absorb floodwaters and plant palettes that remediate land and water damaged by industry, as well as habitats in which diverse animal species are welcomed and protected. Among the parks featured in this book are designs by well-known professionals such as James Corner Field Operations, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Kongjian Yu/Turenscape, and Catherine Mosbach, resulting in a book that will be the reference on ecology-forward parks for years to come.


Victoria Newhouse is the author of Towards a New Museum, Chaos and Culture: Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens, and others.


Newhouse will be available to sign copies of her book.




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Date: June 30, 2022- 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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