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Culture Fit: Our Favorite City Parks in the US

While we’re big fans of binge-watching <i>Orange Is the New Black</i> and old episodes of <i>Orphan Black</i> (seriously: huge fans), summer is calling, and we’d …

Controversial umbrellas give city branding value at fair price, says park designer

The pricey pink umbrellas at Toronto's Sugar Beach are worth the investment in creating an eye-catching public space, the park's designer says, despite concerns raised this week about their cost to taxpayers.<p>Claude Cormier of Claude Cormier + Associés, the Montreal-based landscape architecture firm …

Boston Is Setting Up 'Smart Benches' In Parks Across The City

Solar-powered benches, called Soofas, will pop up in Boston parks over the next week, the Boston Globe reports. In addition to offering you a place to sit, the benches will feature plugs to charge your smartphone, and will also wirelessly connect to the internet to provide location-based …

MIT Media Lab

Boston Installs Phone-Charging Solar Benches Across City Parks

On-the-go and in dire need of cell phone fuel? Fear not, Bostonians: a burgeoning fleet of solar-powered benches are currently being installed within city parks to recharge depleting devices.<p>In addition to charging electronics, the Soofas -- as they’re called -- are also able to capture …

Maker Faire

These 5 Futuristic Parks May Transform NYC's Landscape

People have a lot of lofty ideas about how to <b>improve the city's outdoor space</b> and accessibility to nature, and a lot of them will ever only be that: <b>lofty ideas</b>. Maybe the city will never see floating composting islands topped in parkland or a resilient Brooklyn waterfront made out of dismantled …

See The Park Coming to DoBro, Complete With Robot Parking

Willoughby Square Park, the one-acre green space atop an automated parking garage coming to Downtown Brooklyn, has new, very promising renderings. It's been a decade since its proposal as part of the 2004 Downtown Brooklyn Redevelopment Plan, which sought to improve Brooklyn's public spaces and …

Designing community gardens

The Society of Garden Designers awards are the industry's equivalent of the Oscars, bestowing accolades upon the very best of UK garden design. This year the proceedings featured a stream of images of domestic dream gardens, revealing the wealth of creativity that designers apply in sculpting …

Articles about gathering spot and emergency resource new yorks community gardens on Dwell.com - Dwell

In a community garden in the Bronx, a structure will serve as a shelter for recreation, and as a sustainable power source in an...<p>A $9.2 million renovation looks to the future while preserving the past.<p>In New York’s Nassau County, a 125-square-foot garden retreat offers a haven from bustling …

New York City

Best City Parks In The U.S.: 10 Relaxing Green Spaces For A Little Urban Zen

It's safe to say that urban life is stressful. Scientists have found that city dwellers tend to be more stressed and have higher incidences of mood disorders than their rural and suburban counterparts. And with ever-increasing demands on our time and 24/7 connectivity, it's more important than ever …

A suburban office park designed with an urban vibe

Lisa Lafave wants to dispel the notion that everyone wants to work downtown.<p>"It's a little misguided," says Ms. Lafave, senior portfolio manager with Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan. Workers, she says, want to be downtown for the amenities: food options, transit access, life after work – in …

Millennium Park proves to be city's great uniter

Whoever thought Millennium Park would become a place for lovers?<p>But on a hot July afternoon in Chicago, on a footprint where tracks once visibly sliced through a great American city, a skinny couple cavorts on the verdant lawn of Pritzker Pavilion. He has his shirt off. She lies lazily, happily on …

Hyde Park

Urban park plan for under Glasgow M74 motorway flyover

<b>Plans have been drawn up to transform a vacant area of land under a motorway flyover in Glasgow into a hub for skateboarding, BMX and free-running.</b><p>The charity Glasgow Urban Sports wants to build the £1m facility in the Port Eglinton area, to the west of Eglinton Street, in the city's south …

Here Now, Dumpsters, Old Cars, and Other Quirky 'Parklets'

In a world where oligarchs buy $88M condos for their 22-year-old daughters, urban parks have never been more important; price escalations are squirting those who <i>work</i> in urban environments into the outer boroughs. Without oases of public spaces, the bulk of a city's daytime population have nowhere …

Hike Our Three Favorite Trails in Rock Creek Park

<i>[Photo by James Losey]</i><p>Large, urban parks are a great resource for their cities — it's no wonder Central Park in Manhattan is called the lungs of the city. Not as manicured as its northern neighbor, <b>Rock Creek Park</b>'s natural setting has a lot of great trails, with historic sites, forts, picnic areas, …

Urban parklife: a miniature world – in pictures

Many insects can be seen emerging during the summer months in local UK urban parks. Close-ups in London reveal flowers coming in to full bloom, while butterflies, moths, bees and other insects play a vital role in the food chain by pollinating plants, and providing a source of food for predators …

New York's High Line Park in the Sky Opens Today!

An elevated park in the sky built on top of the skeleton of an old rail system? It may have sounded impossible only five years ago, but today, the …

Architecture

Most Visited National Parks: The Most Visited Places Aren't What You Think (PHOTOS)

Filmmaker Ken Burns once called the National Parks System "America's Best Idea."<p>No matter where you stand on other great American ideas (the light bulb, the first season of Twin Peaks, Pizza Hut's hot dog stuffed crust), it's hard to argue that preserving some of the most beautiful places in the …

World's Most Beautiful City Parks (PHOTOS)

A well-designed park is more than green space in the midst of a concrete jungle--it makes a city lovable and livable.<p>The most beautiful city parks combine meadows, woodlands, ponds, lakes, and streams with museums and other man-made attractions. At San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, as Catherine …

Best of the west: Utah's most extraordinary parks

Utah’s national parks and state parks harbour some of the most extraordinary landforms on Earth, and embody the spirit of the American frontier. Explore with <i>Lonely Planet Traveller</i> magazine’s Rory Goulding. Images by Philip Lee Harvey.<p>Antelope Island State Park<p>Roughly 11 islands are scattered …

National Parks

Europe's Most Spectacular National Parks

For most people, the word Europe evokes thoughts of world-famous museums, delectable cuisine, and historic cities studded with iconic monuments and vibrant cafés. However, Europe is also home to some truly stunning stretches of wilderness, from remote white-sand coves to some of the world's most …

National Parks

America's 10 Most Scenic National Parks

Towering mountains, deep canyons, dry deserts, wide meadows, craggy coasts, dense forests -- an immensely varied natural world covers the United States. This collection of 10 of the most scenic American national parks captures this variety at its most extreme. It moves from desert to glacier to …

National Parks

Most protected marine areas fail to properly guard aquatic life: study

Most of the world’s protected marine areas are failing to properly protect aquatic life, with many showing few differences from neighbouring areas that are openly fished, an Australian-led study has found.<p>University of Tasmania research of 87 marine protected areas in 40 countries showed the best …

Deaths, drugs, distress: why marine parks are losing their attraction

Something disquieting happened at SeaWorld marine parks this year. Numbers attending the group's popular US centres between January and March dropped, from 3.5 million in 2013 to 3.05 million this year, a decline of 13%.<p>Nor is it hard to guess the cause, say wildlife campaigners. They see a clear …

Diving Cuba's Gardens of the Queen National Marine Park

<i>By Sven-Olof Lindblad, President & Founder of Lindblad Expeditions.</i><p>On March 30 I plunged into the depths of the Gardens of the Queen National Marine Park in Cuba. I had some trepidation, as it had been a long time since I had donned a tank to spend time 60 or 70 feet below the surface. Maybe it's …

Is a Vast Marine Sanctuary Any Use if You Can't Police It?

<b>Correction appended, July 1, 2014</b><p>For the first half of June — until the U.S. declared an even bigger one — the tiny, French semiautonomous territory …

3 ways to see New Caledonia's new marine park | CNN Travel

China's green shoots of ecotourism

A new eco-resort in Zhejiang province, two hours from Shanghai, is hoping to improve China's reputation for sustainable tourism<p>China usually makes headlines for its environmental protests, and pollution. It is the world's largest emitter of CO2 gases and 70% of China's rivers and lakes are …

Zhangjiajie National Park In China Has Awesome Twisty Roads

Zhangjiajie National Park in the northern Hunan Province of China is full of wonders.<p>First, there's dense green forest that is visually stunning and looks incredibly fun to explore.<p>Then there are the quartz-sandstone pillars -- renamed "Avatar Hallelujah Mountains" because they are said to have …

10 Most Gorgeous City Parks in the World

Quim Llenas/Cover/Getty Images<p>Cities are often hectic places filled with noise, traffic, and congestion. However, a few select cities have figured …

Colombia's misty mountain world's most irreplacable nature reserve

A misty mountain in Colombia, once beleaguered by the cocaine trade, is the world's most irreplaceable nature reserve, according to a landmark analysis of every protected area on the planet.<p>The spectacular creatures that shelter in the cloud forest of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta national park, …