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A sneek peek at the parks of the future

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July 19, 2014 11:00AM

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Futuristic parks

Futuristic parks

Championed by publicity-starved mayors, funded through Kickstarter, under construction, or awaiting approval: these are the world’s future parks.

Landscapers, designers and dreamers have imagined parks on man-made islands, on river-spanning bridges, underground and in temperature controlled biodomes. Check out the renderings below via Curbed.


A man-made nature preserve is coming to Chicago’s Northerly Island under a joint project between the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Chicago Parks District.


London’s proposed Garden Bridge has been in the works since 1998, primarily as a dream of actress and campaigner Joanna Lumley. The plan is currently in the review stage.


This proposed park in Abu Dhabi would create a 30-acre canopied green space that resembles a cracked patch of a sun-baked desert soil. “Instead of denying the presence of the desert that the city is built on,” says designer Thomas Heatherwick, “we set ourselves the task of making a park out of the desert itself.”


Piggybacking off the success of the High Line, architect James Ramsey has been pushing for years now to transform an unused Lower East Side trolley station into a subterranean park called the Lowline.


Starchitect Bjarke Ingels is bringing a sloping, triangular viewing platform to Brooklyn Bridge Park. No word on when the project will be completed.


Italian architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas’ have won a proposal to build a 1.8-mile elevated park over a railway in the city of Bari.


Even Moscow is getting on the High Line craze. The city has plans for a futuristic-looking green space by High Line architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The development will result in Moscow’s first new park in half a century. [Curbed] Christopher Cameron