Tag Archives: By K. O’Connell

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

Trading Faces

LandDesign tries a new approach to bringing kids into landscape architecture.

By Kim O’Connell 

Baseball-style cards inform kids about real-life landscape architects, civil engineers, and other design professionals. Image courtesy LandDesign.

Although they don’t depict the likes of a Mike Trout or Max Scherzer, a new series of “baseball cards” may get children jazzed about careers in landscape architecture. Continue reading Trading Faces

Soldier Stories

Three new landscapes in Washington, D.C., honor the common soldier and fill gaps in the capital city’s memorial narrative.

By Kim O’Connell/ Photography by Sahar Coston-Hardy, Affiliate ASLA

Harvey Pratt, a veteran and member of the Cheyenne and Arapahoe tribes, was the original designer of the 12-foot steel circle that represents nature and harmony.

On the National Mall, it’s unusual to feel as if you’ve stumbled upon a secret, sacred space. Continue reading Soldier Stories

Providing Play in a Pandemic

With playgrounds off limits, Philadelphia’s Studio Ludo gets creative for low-income families.

By Kim O’Connell

Materials were made possible in part through thousands of dollars’ worth of donations. Image courtesy Studio Ludo.

In downtown Philadelphia, a colorful city development project is under way. The buildings are bright blue and orange, the gabled roofs patterned with triangles and chevrons. Continue reading Providing Play in a Pandemic