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Şışhane Park / SANALarc

© Olivve Wimmer © Olivve Wimmer © Olivve Wimmer © Olivve Wimmer + 18

Park  · 
Istanbul, Turkey
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project SANALarc
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2014

Why Landscape Designers Will Be Key to the Future of Our Cities

For most people, spending time outdoors in well-designed public spaces is one of the highlights to city life. Why, then, do we spend comparatively little time and money on designing them? In this article, originally posted on Metropolis magazine as "Designing Outdoor Public Spaces is Vital to the Future of our Cities" Kirt Martin, the vice-president of design and marketing at outdoor furniture designer Landscape Forms, makes the case that landscape architects and industrial designers working in the public realm are key for our cities' health and happiness.

All of us treasure our time in outdoor spaces. So why do we devote so little of our attention to their design?

As a designer in the site-furniture industry, I am always curious about the value people place on the outdoors. I like to ask people I meet to describe a great city like New York, Chicago, or Paris and what they most remember about being there. Or I ask them, if they won $25,000 to spend on a dream vacation, where they would go and what they would do. Their fond memories of a celebrated city or an escape into the wild often have little in common, except for one thing: Their most memorable and meaningful experiences almost always revolve around the outdoors.

Yoko Ono and Project 120 Collaborate to Reimagine Chicago’s Jackson Park

Chicago’s Jackson Park is expected to see some big changes in the coming years. Nonprofit organization Project 120 is working to revitalize the park, restoring many of the design aspects implemented by its landscape architect, the famous Frederick Law Olmsted. Alongside this restoration, the park will also receive a new Phoenix Pavilion, homage to Japan’s gift to the US for the 1893 Columbian Exposition. An outdoor performance space will be added to the park, as will an installation funded by musician and activist Yoko Ono. See the details, after the break.

New City Square in Perth Reconnects Urban Landscape, Honors an Indigenous Warrior

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority of Perth has released conceptual images for what is to become the city’s latest public space, designed by a team comprised of Aspect Studios, Iredale Pedersen Hook, and Lyons Architecture. With construction to begin in mid-2015 and slated for completion in 2017, the square takes its name from Yagan, an Indigenous Australian warrior of Perth’s local Noongar people. Integral to early resistance against British colonization, Yagan’s tenacity, leadership, and subsequent execution by settlers have cemented his role in Indigenous Australian folklore. Read more about this significant acknowledgement of Indigenous history after the break.

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Fondation Louis Vuitton / Gehry Partners

© Todd Eberle © Todd Eberle © Todd Eberle © Todd Eberle + 24

Paris, France
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Gehry Partners
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2014

Take a Moment to Enjoy ArchDaily's 12 Most Popular Outdoor Spaces on Pinterest

Architects are notorious for working long, consecutive hours. So, in an attempt to remind you to take a break, we've compiled the top 12 most re-pinned images of inviting, well-designed outdoor spaces from our Pinterest. Take a look, after the break, then step away from the screen and go outside for some much needed fresh air.

Beach House E-3 / Vértice Arquitectos. Image © Juan Solano Stone Creek Camp / Andersson Wise Architects. Image © Art Gray La Tallera / Frida Escobedo. Image © Rafael Gamo Santa Ynez House / Fernau + Hartman Architects. Image © Richard Barnes + 16