Confluence Park’s new solar-powered pavilions collect rainwater and provide shade from the summer sun

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San Antonio’s idyllic Confluence Park just became a little greener and more scenic, thanks to the teamwork between American firms Lake Flato and Matysys with the support of landscape architect Rialto Studio. The riverfront park now boasts sweeping sculptural pavilions that provide shade from the fierce Texas sun as well as an elegant method for collecting rainwater.

 

Confluence Park is located at the spot where the San Antonia River merges with San Pedro Creek. Covering just over 3… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



The United Kingdom might soon create new national parks

In an op-ed for the Sunday Telegraph, United Kingdom Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced a new review process which could result in the creation of new national parks in England. Nearly seventy years after the creation of the first English national parks, Gove wrote that “the time is right” to consider creating new protected areas in the United Kingdom. As the human population grows and natural habitat declines in the United Kingdom, Gove wrote that the British people should “look afresh… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

You can now explore all 19 of South Africa’s National Parks on Google Maps

Have you ever wanted to walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, track cheetah on foot, or stroll with elephants — and other exotic creatures — in South Africa? Well, now’s your chance. Thanks to the efforts of over 200 volunteers, 19 National Parks, 17 nature reserves, and many other sites of natural, cultural and historical significance in South Africa be explored through Google Maps.

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10 landscape design projects that turned neglected spaces into incredible parks

The High Line Park in NYC. Photo by Jill Fehrenbacher for Inhabitat

Landscape architects frequently work to transform areas that contain industrial and toxic waste, infrastructure no longer in use, or land affected by war, natural disaster or disuse. These View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Turning Cemeteries for the Dead into Parks for the Living

by Peter Harnik
A second excerpt from the recently released book published by Island Press called Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities. In this post, we look at cemeteries used as parks and some best practices.
In the past, before official parks came into being, cemeteries were the principal manicured greenspaces for cities – most famously [...]
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