Category Archives: Blast From The Past

Making A Place For A Memorial

Traditionally, memorials incorporate an object, such as a statue, monument, or fountain, to commemorate a person, group of people, or an event. Though erected for the public as a point of reflection, these memorials often are located in a busy town center or roundabout and become objects to be viewed rather than quiet destinations. Also, the memorial is often placed in a location with minimal thought given to the surrounding landscape design. However, designers do have an opportunity to use … Continue reading

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A Metropolitan Mecca

Vista Hermosa Natural Park–whose name in Spanish means “beautiful view”–has created a new model of park design in downtown Los Angeles. Located at the edge of a dense residential zone, the 9.5-acre park is nature’s reprieve from the intensity of urban life. Los Angeles is one of the most park-poor cities in America, with fewer acres of parkland per 1,000 residents than other major cities in the country. According to the Trust for Public Land, the national average for park … Continue reading

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Vista View

In the last few years, we have faced new environmental concerns in a world made aware of the need for “green living,” “green building” and other environmentally conscious initiatives. The city of Chandler, Ariz., is participating in this issue by taking on its second environmentally oriented project in reclaiming and reshaping the landscape of a former landfill to create a new vision for a premier park with recreational gems. Developing municipal parks from former refuse sites has been successful in … Continue reading

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Reflections Of A River

The new 41st Street Plaza in Tulsa, Okla., is a water-loving kid’s dream come true, and Tulsans are water-lovers by nature, given the city’s hot summer climate and its location on the Arkansas River. The park’s innovative fountains and pools are the key to its family-friendly design, and provide a central theme for its other purpose–a main city park and a “front porch” for the whole town, as civic leaders call it. “The 41st Street Plaza has definitely become a … Continue reading

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A Never-Ending Battle

In the last few years, the term, “home-field advantage,” has taken on a whole new meaning. With modern technologies, the athletic-sport field has advanced in durability, comfort, aesthetics and safety, particularly in high-school sports. Where athletic fields were once reserved for varsity game day, they can now support practices, competitions in various sports and physical education classes–all on the same day–thanks to synthetic-turf fields. In western New York, one of the most intense high-school football rivalries occurs between the Canisius … Continue reading

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