CityLab / December 26, 2018

2018 was the year of the aspirational park

High-impact design was a recurring theme for parks that opened in 2018, and so was the hope that parks can unite and invigorate cities. Tulsa’s Gathering Place, Toronto’s Bentway, and Detroit’s Riverfront Conservancy are all being transformed into green spaces exhibiting the latest in equitable and resilient design.

Curbed / December 26, 2018

How cities became more equitable in 2018

Is it possible to design a more fair, more equitable country? Across the U.S. new perspectives are emerging, centered on food-oriented design, the legacy of public monuments, and how architects address equity in their work.

Curbed / December 18, 2018

Rail Park wins 2018 engineering award

Urban Engineers, the group behind the Rail Park, announced that they’ve won the 2018 award for Outstanding Engineering Achievement from the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers’ Philly Chapter.

The Guardian / December 13, 2018

What would a city that is safe for women look like?

Most cities have not been designed with women’s safety in mind but, from Egypt to Rwanda, new technology, design, and education are reducing the threat of violence on the street.

City Observatory / December 12, 2018

A toolkit for value capture policies

Value capture mechanisms capture a portion of the value created by a public investment and use those funds to help support the asset itself. A new toolkit developed by U3 for Reimagining the Civic Commons presents various value capture mechanisms and highlights their merits and drawbacks.

Dallas News / December 9, 2018

Dallas' Klyde Warren Park spawns a new generation of urban parks

Klyde Warren is considered a world-class urban haven that’s providing a template for a new generation of innovative parks. From Los Angeles to Miami, urban parks over freeways and those transforming railway tracks are cropping up around the country, as cities look to add green space, revitalize their downtowns, and energize downtrodden neighborhoods.

D Magazine / December 7, 2018

Harold Simmons Park reveals a new plan for the Trinity River

This latest designs for Trinity River in Dallas represent refreshingly holistic approaches to thinking about the river. The designers have redirected their focus to enhancing the natural possibilities for the basin by understanding and designing for its form, function, and ecology.

National Recreation and Park Association / December 7, 2018

New urban infrastructure parks

The High Line is an urban park that might have never been built and is now estimated to be responsible for $2B in impact. The Atlanta BeltLine, Buffalo Bayou in Houston, The 606 in Chicago, The Underline in Miami, Philadelphia’s Rail Park, and the 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C. are among the emerging projects looking to unlock the potential of reimagined infrastructure and the benefits it can bring to their cities.