High Performance Landscape Guidelines: 21st Century Parks for NYC

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Charles McKinney, Chelsea Mauldin, Cynthia Gardstein

Technical Editor

Cynthia Gardstein

Managing Editors

Jerome Chou, Jeannette Compton, Jerome Chou, Stephanie Elson, Deborah Marton, Charles McKinney


Design Trust for Public Space
New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

Publication Data

Date: January 2011
Size: 9.5 x 11"
Pages: 276
Binding: Spiral
ISBN: 978-0-9777175-2-1
Price: $35.00
Design: Claudia Brandenburg, Language Arts

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"Parks are a crucial component of the urban infrastructure that will help our city address the challenges of the twenty-first century...With High Performance Landscape Guidelines, we've created a new blueprint for how parks are designed, built, and maintained."
  - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg

Produced in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, High Performance Landscape Guidelines: 21st Century Parks for NYC is the first document of its kind in the nation: a comprehensive, municipal design primer for sustainable parks and open space. The Guidelines cover every aspect of creating sustainable parks, from design to construction to maintenance, and feature hundreds of best practices for managing soil, water, and vegetation resources, as well as dozens of full-color photos and illustrations.

The primary authors are five Design Trust fellows - an outstanding team that includes landscape architects, a sustainability expert, and a water resource engineer: Michele Adams, Steven Caputo, Jeannette Compton, Tavis Dockwiller and Andrew Lavallee.
Table of Contents

Part I: Context
Part II: Site Assessment
  • Site Inventory & Analysis
  • Site Types
Part III: Best Practices in Site Process
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Maintenance & Operations
Part IV: Best Practices in Site Systems
  • Soils
  • Water
  • Vegetation
Part V: Case Studies
Part VI: Next Steps

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