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Parks and Re-Creation: The Revitalizing Power of Parks in Cities

Parks and Re-Creation: The Revitalizing Power of Parks in Cities | green streets | Scoop.it

Amidst the automobile infested concrete space of most modern cities are spaces which allow for community to really happen- parks. With access to open space, parks not only provide an outlet from our fast-paced society; they serve our neighborhoods through design, providing a natural habitat, serene experiences, and opportunities for community engagement.

There are many benefits from investing in green space; much of which can only happen through creating and maintaining parks in cities. Parks generate economic, physical and social benefits, creating stronger community ties and transforming cities by awakening vital senses of city dwellers. Many cities, in efforts to revitalize themselves, incorporate a park as part of that revitalization. 

Parks are often located on historic sites where the land is protected by the city. A well-designed park can show that recreating historic space doesn’t have to mean ‘destroy and rebuild’, instead revitalizing an asset that was already there in some form...

City dwellers make up an urban community. In the open green space of a park, where no one owns anything and the space is collectively ours, a genuine sense of community, shared space, and shared life can be developed. A well-designed urban park has the potential to transform individuals, making them more conscious of community, encouraging them to practice sustenance of that community with a sense of pride.

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Crown Heights Participatory Urbanism

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Urban Design Week 2011:  Crown Heights Participatory Urbanism is a community-informed design proposal for public space located in the Crow Hill neighborhood of Crown Heights. The purpose of the project is to provide a forum for the community to rethink residual spaces created by transportation infrastructure towards a new public space network, founded on the idea of creating a common ground for residents, local community organizations, business owners, and governmental entities.

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Cohousing: The Secret to Sustainable Urban Living?

Cohousing: The Secret to Sustainable Urban Living? | green streets | Scoop.it
Experiments in cooperative living offer a great model for building sustainable urban communities. But can they work for everyone?

Back in the good old days, people lived in neighborhoods where they had potlucks, kept an eye on each other’s kids, loaned out lawnmowers and cups of sugar. Each home was its family’s castle, but the instinct to participate in a caring community transcended the temptation to isolate in private houses.

Apparently we’ve strayed so far from that norm over the last half-century or so that it now takes a conscious effort to recreate it. That’s one way to view cohousing, a collaborative housing model imported to the United States from Denmark in the 1970s, in which “residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods.” In the approximately 125 cohousing communities in the U.S., residents share chores and responsibilities, come together for meals and other activities in a common house, and make decisions based on consensus. It’s a conscious way of living designed to encourage social interaction and investment in the greater good.

We’re starting to realize that our long-term future won’t be built around highways, automobiles, and detached houses with fertilized lawns. As more people seek out a different kind of community, cohousing, or projects like it, will grow in popularity...

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Place Pulse: ‘Hot Or Not’ For Cities

Place Pulse: ‘Hot Or Not’ For Cities | green streets | Scoop.it

Which elements affect people’s perception of urban space? This is what MIT Media Lab and Macro Connections try to find out with the online project Place Pulse. The website, which actually functions like a ‘Hot or Not’ for cities, aims to gain a greater understanding of the collective processes that potentially create the perceptions we have of cities.

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