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ESSAY | ESSAI

The mundane but highly controversial
question of dog poop had caused us to
question the validity and workability of
a conventional park design. Would an
innovative alternative vision work across
a wide spectrum of social and political
differences? Designing and creating
change is not a walk in the park; it is a walk
on the wild side.
CHANGE IT UP
Referencing Karl Popper, we attempted
to falsify the concept of a generic park
by disposing of traditional elements that
would not work, and creating another
kind of park vision, one that is more
spontaneous and inclusive, more flexible
both socially and ecologically. using
Ayse Birsel's method of Deconstruction
| Reconstruction, we retained many
conventional "ingredients" of the park:
a lawn, play objects, scattered trees and
furniture. But one thing is different,
and that is the ground plane. Not only
will it be largely poop free, its "nature"
is decidedly different. We designed
the park using materials that thrive
with minimal attention. We integrated

encounters with flora and fauna, dirt
and decomposition. This intentional
ensemble provides a wide spectrum
of food sources, seasonal texture and
shelter, effectively attracting birds
and other urban wildlife, which in turn
creates a diversely rich open space
for people. In its intense vegetal and
material articulation and execution,
Quincy Street Open Space achieves an
ambiance that is intimate, inviting and
ecologically diverse.
The design was directed by the
neighbourhood's ambition for this park
to become an urban wild, not a fully
manicured space, and locals continue
to be actively involved. The city is
one of the most densely populated
in New England, and opportunities
for engagement with "wild" are
uncommon. The design broke through
existing conventions associated
with public park design. It has an
experimental quality, and manifests
ideas about how to diversify nature
within the tight bounds of the city.
paula@w-a-n-t-e-d.com

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Pouvions-nous concevoir
une autre sorte de parc,
un endroit où régnerait
une atmosphère plus
libre, plus spontanée?

For more about Ayse Brisel, see
dereconstruction.com
1 -7 REINVESTIGATING THE NOTION OF THE GENERIC
PARK: IN ITS INTENSE VEGETAL AND MATERIAL
ARTICULATION AND EXECUTION, QUINCY STREET
OPEN SPACE ACHIEVES AN AMBIANCE THAT IS
INTIMATE, INVITING AND ECOLOGICALLY DIVERSE.
PHOTOS WANTED

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2015

To Being With | Pour Commencer
The New Small | Le Microcosme Réinventé
Paula Meijerink, Guest Editor | Rédactrice invitée
EN_LP+ | Small Matters: Backgrounder
FR_LP+ | Prodigieuse Petitesse
Writers | Collaboratuers
Je Vois Montreal
Upfront | Prologue
Forêt urbaine
Urban Braille
Find Your Pebble
Folly Forest
Parklet Experiment
Klynstra Scholarship
Prix 2014 Schwabenbauer
The Common Sense Curb Cut
Essay | Essai
Doggy Style
Projects in Place: The LA Flash Mob
Tiny Taxonomy
Lying Down in Public
Kelowna asks, "What if,,"
A Non-Urban Approach X3
New Directions | Nouvelles Avenues
Opinion
Critique
The Last Word | Le Mot de la Fin
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - FR_LP+ | Prodigieuse Petitesse
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Writers | Collaboratuers
Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Je Vois Montreal
Landscapes - Spring 2015 - The Common Sense Curb Cut
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Essay | Essai
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Projects in Place: The LA Flash Mob
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Tiny Taxonomy
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Lying Down in Public
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Kelowna asks, "What if,,"
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - A Non-Urban Approach X3
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - New Directions | Nouvelles Avenues
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Opinion
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - The Last Word | Le Mot de la Fin
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