Large Parks: Trends & Possibilities
Julia Czerniak
12 November 2018, 18:00-20:00
Auditorium De Molen

When Frederick Law Olmsted used the word “park,” in a North American context he restricted the meaning to a large tract of land set apart for the enjoyment of rural landscape. Since Olmsted’s time, designers have made advances which challenge what the lay public still consider this historic role of and image for a park. Confronting ecologically and culturally disturbed sites, such as landfills and deindustrializing parcels, requires designers to challenge the green veneers of the past with alternative strategies that retell a place’s complex narrative as well as ecologically heal the landscape.

This lecture is a brief account of trends in contemporary park design as they work to address a host of global challenges, and—in doing so—act as agents of change. These challenges revolve around water (too much or too little of it, and water that needs to be cleaned); waste (cleaning it up, and strategies to limit its production); diversity (both biological and social); and pleasure (sensory, didactic, aesthetic).