Seeding nature in cities with geospatial analysis

When New York City first dreamed of a great Central Park in 1844, it began a 29-year massive landscaping process over 700 acres that required the demolition of entire villages. Cities today don’t have the luxury of three-decade timelines and vast spaces to move earth, and yet with urban manufacturing fading and populations rising, the need to give citizens healthy outdoor areas to breathe, exercise and congregate is more important than ever.

Local Code : Real Estates is a proposal to use geospatial analysis (sophisticated mapping) to pinpoint tiny sections of urbanity in New York, LA, Chicago and DC that have fallen into disarray — and then consider how to build networks of green spaces at the street level. Here’s what Revere Street in San Francisco would look like before and after renovation:



It’s an intriguing dream: hundreds of small, soccer-field- or street-sized parks giving residents local opportunities to experience nature. The designs would breathe life into the blighted areas of major cities which often have higher incidence of pollution, bad air quality and poor health. And because of the hyperlocal structure, each area of residents could weigh in with the balance of trees, grass, cobblestones, benches or sports facilities they’d want most. Rather than one vast park acting as a city’s heart, you’d have thousands of green pathways acting as arteries.

WPA2 : Local Code / Real Estates from Nicholas de Monchaux on Vimeo.

Via Emmanual Vivier.

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