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Building A Park Above A Blazing Hot Pit Is As Complicated As It Sounds

It can get as hot as 65.5 degrees. There’s no arable soil to support life. And water? Water is complicated. This isn’t humanity’s quest to terraform an exoplanet. It’s New York’s plan to build a park above a train yard.


Someone Smuggled This Teahouse Into A Park Without Anyone Noticing

Los Angeles’s Griffith Park is home to miles of hiking trails, the Hollywood Sign, and at least one mountain lion. Now, suddenly, the park has a teahouse, secretly installed by a group of anonymous artists on a hillside overlooking the city.


Why A Footbridge In London Is Inspiring So Much Outrage

It doesn’t take much to make some cities angry. But in London, a special kind of rage is flowing over a project that seems pretty unobjectionable: A footbridge over the River Thames. And the tension isn’t confined to London.


Some Billionaires Want To Give NYC A $170 Million Park In The Hudson

Last month, Mayor De Blasio announced a push to fund green spaces in New York’s poor neighbourhoods. This probably isn’t exactly what he meant: very wealthy power couple Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg have announced plans to fund a giant park in the Hudson River.


New Zealand Shows Why National Parks Are So Important

This incredible satellite image is of the dormant volcano of Egmont National Park on New Zealand’s North Island. And that clear, sharp boundary on the left is where the park stops and human kind starts.


Washington DC's Very Own High Line Will Clean Its Dirty River Water

The Anacostia River that runs through Washington DC has historically been known as, well, not the cleanest river in the United States. A new elevated park straddling the river plans to filter the dirty water with a waterfall feature (apparently projected with Frederick Douglass’s face). It’s the winning design announced today for the city’s upcoming elevated park.


4 Futuristic Designs For DC's Very Own High Line

Not to be outdone by New York City’s beloved High Line (the final, most unwieldy phase of which opens this fall), Washington DC is planning its own elevated park, which will sail over the Anacostia River on a former freeway bridge. Four visions for the park have been released as part of a competition. And they’re all very exciting for the city.


A Plan To Turn Your Local Carpark Into Your Local Playground

Carparks may be a necessity for any dense urban centre, but that doesn’t mean they have to be a eyesore. And if Danish firm JAJA Architects has its way, they could even be serving a dual-purpose soon — by doubling as our leafy, local playgrounds.


6 Freeway Removals That Changed Their Cities Forever

It seems counterintuitive, right? Rip out eight lanes of freeway through the middle of your metropolis and you’ll be rewarded with not only less traffic, but safer, more efficient cities? But it’s true, and it’s happening in places all over the world.


Los Angeles To Launch The Largest Interactive Urban Trail Network In The US

Los Angeles is a big place — over 1000 square kilometres. Even though it’s home to the country’s largest urban park many of its residents do not have easy access to a public green space. A new “interactive interpretive” urban trail system hopes to close that distance, while connecting Angelenos to the hidden cultural and fitness opportunities in their city.


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