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6 Awesome Parks Made From Rehabilitated Urban Structures

by , 07/23/11

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High Line Park in New York City

One of our favorite projects to open as of late has been the High Line Park in Manhattan. We still can’t get over the inspired idea to transform an abandoned, elevated train line into a beautiful park in the heart of the city. Now that the second phase of the High Line is complete, there’s even more space to stroll, hang out and take in the sites of greater Manhattan. The High Line is officially our favorite spot in NYC for ice cream because you can walk it off afterwards!

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Wunderland Kalkar in Germay

If you’re looking for a bit more excitement in your park, check out the Wunderland Kalkar in Germany – an abandoned nuclear plant that has been transformed into an amusement park. The plant was never actually in operation, so have no fear of radiation – but rather than tearing it down, they transformed it into a park that draws hundreds of thousands of people every year.

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Paddington Reservoir Gardens in Sydney

Sydney also has an impressive adaptive reuse project to create a beautiful urban green space. The ruins of a public waterworks was magically transformed into the Paddington Reservoir Gardens with enough history to give you the feeling you’re walking around the Acropolis. And since it used to be a waterworks, water efficiency is still a high priority. In fact, rainwater is collected on-site for landscape irrigation.

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  1. Amaraaa April 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I am actually studying architecture in Korea right now and almost all of my profs said Cheonggyecheon stream project is not successful (critical).
    They had to restore and renovate the ruin of historical building and bridges, Unfortunately lack of construction time (presidential election Lee Myung-bak)its all gone.

  2. gavinhudson September 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Thanks for covering the Cheonggyecheon and the topic in general. Cheonggyecheon stream is one of my favorite sections of Seoul. It’s so nice to get some respite from the hustle of the city along this beautiful stream.

  3. kenji July 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Gasworks park in Seattle, WA is pretty nifty also.

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