Park Design
for the 21st Century Symposium

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Date and Location

Tuesday, April 22, 2008
12:30 - 5:00 pm

Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
New York City

Symposium Highlights

View a short slideshow of the symposium. Download a PDF summary of all the presentations.

Media Coverage

"Parking in the Green Zone"
by Lisa Delgado, eOculus



On Tuesday, April 22, 2008, the Design Trust for Public Space and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation hosted an Earth Day symposium, "Park Design for the 21st Century." Presentations by prominent professionals illuminated cutting-edge strategies for high performance landscapes. The new techniques and innovative designs discussed informed our sustainable manual, High Performance Landscape Guidelines, published in partnership with NYC Department of Parks & Recreation in 2011.

The symposium took place at the Center for Architecture from 12:30 to 5:00 pm and was free and open to the public. Welcome remarks by Design Trust Executive Director Deborah Marton and NYC Parks Department's Chief of Design Charles McKinney were followed by two panel presentations with open discussion.

Download a PDF summary of all the presentations and the open discussion, written by Design Trust fellow Steve Caputo. Select presentations are now available as a PDF download; click the presentation titles that are in bold to open a new window with the PDF.

Panel 1: The Big Idea - Sites in Context

"Engaging Cities as Carbon Reservoirs"
Denise Hoffman-Brandt, School of Landscape Architecture, CUNY

"Bridging Ecological Research and Urban Design"
Alex Felson, EDAW

"Queens Botanical Garden: Integrating Building and Landscape"
Joan Krevlin, BKSK Architects

"Sustainable Stormwater Management"
Tim White, eDesign Dynamics

Moderator: Rob Crauderueff, Sustainable South Bronx

Panel 2: Examples from the Field

"Sponge Parks: Neighborhood-Scale Planning"
Susannah Drake, dLandstudio

"DDC's Sustainable Site Publication; Regulatory Barriers/Incentives"
Signe Nielsen, Mathews Nielsen

"Case Studies for Implementation"
Marcha Johnson, NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation

"Queens Plaza: Interagency Collaboration and Sustainable Design"
Margie Ruddick, Principal,WRT Design

Moderator:Steve Caputo, Design Trust Fellow


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