Category Archives: Parks

A Park with a Heart of Gold

A new pocket park in Baltimore helps to ignite a neighborhood revitalization.

By Kim O’Connell

Neighbors gather for the grand opening of Gold Street Park, whose starburst centerpiece symbolizes hope and recovery for a Baltimore neighborhood. Photo by Edwin Remsburg.

On a corner in Baltimore surrounded by vacant lots and boarded-up buildings, Gold Street Park is easy to miss. Built on a former coal yard in the neighborhood of Druid Heights, the pocket park features a winding brick path that leads to a circular gathering space with a starburst mural at its center. Continue reading A Park with a Heart of Gold

Art Director’s Cut: Right of Center

The things our art director, Chris McGee, hated to leave out of the current issue of LAM.

“Dusk at St. Pete’s Pier.”

–Chris McGee, Art Director

Photo by Rich Montalbano/RiMO Photo, LLC.

From “Right of Center” by Roberto J. Rovira, ASLA, in the December 2021 issue, about the new St. Pete Pier in St. Petersburg, Florida, the latest iteration of seaside life and leisure that reaffirms the city’s elemental connection to the water.

Swings and Swales

Pashek + MTR works with two public agencies to design a heavy-hitting stormwater park in Pittsburgh.

By Jared Brey

The park features a stone cascade that directs rushing water to a rain garden in the central basin. Photo by Pashek + MTR.

One bright-blue Friday afternoon in October, I was paused at a stoplight in Squirrel Hill, a residential neighborhood about five miles from downtown Pittsburgh, when I saw a young woman with a red backpack try to summit a steep slope on her bicycle. Continue reading Swings and Swales

December LAM: Along the Edge

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FOREGROUND

The Stranger Territory (Minds)
Julie Bargmann, the inaugural winner of the Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
International Landscape Architecture Prize, flourishes in the dirt.

The Wright Way (House Call)
Was Frank Lloyd Wright a landscape designer? For Bayer Landscape Architecture, the firm that restored the garden at the Darwin Martin House in Buffalo, New York, the answer lies somewhere
between the archives and the modern house museum.

FEATURES

Right of Center
It’s been a fishing jetty, a railroad pier, a contested site of segregation, even an inverted structure that called to mind a cake left out in the rain. But after six tries and 130 years, St. Petersburg, Florida’s dazzling new pier and park, by a team including W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Ken Smith Workshop, and Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers, might be a keeper.

The full table of contents for December can be found here.

As always, you can buy this issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine at more than 250 bookstores, including many university stores and independents, as well as at Barnes & Noble. You can also buy single digital issues for only $5.25 at Zinio or order single copies of the print issue from ASLA. Annual subscriptions for LAM are a thrifty $59 for print and $44.25 for digital. Our subscription page has more information on subscription options.

Keep an eye out here on the blog, on the LAM Facebook page, and on our Twitter feed (@landarchmag), as we’ll be posting December articles as the month rolls out.

Credits: “Right of Center,” Rich Montalbano/RiMO Photo, LLC; “The Stranger Territory,” Barrett Doherty, ASLA, courtesy the Cultural Landscape Foundation; “The Wright Way,” Bayer Landscape Architecture.

High Profile

The High Line Canal reinvents an irrigation canal that shows off the region’s diversity.

By Haniya Rae

Littleton, Colorado’s DeKoevend Open Space Park is a three-mile trail following the High Line Canal. Photo by Evan Anderman.

Stretching 71 miles from south of Denver into Aurora, Colorado, the High Line Canal is a constructed feat of the late 19th century. Originally hand-dug to supply irrigation to local farmers, the canal is now in the midst of transformation from a historical relic to a burgeoning greenway. Continue reading High Profile