Upcycling 387 Acres: As Easy as a Walk in the Park

Upcycling 387 Acres: As Easy as a Walk in the Park

By:  Tony White I recently came across this article on Dwell’s website highlighting Matthew Mazzotta’s work in York, Alabama.  Mazzotta’s work called Open House took a derelict house and created a public outdoor theatre.  Watch the video to gain a better appreciation of what this space means to the 3,000 residents of York. So Mazzotta’s creativity got me thinking, “what are some other creative public projects are out there?” Here’s a snippet of what I found: SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA was the former home to Bethlehem Steel and is now an arts complex with restaurants, and concert venues. Wunderland Kalkar in Germany is an amusement park on the site of a former (would-be) nuclear power plant. This next one is rather timely for me after having just got home from a Labor Day weekend camping trip.  Floyd Bennett Airfield opened in 1931 in Brooklyn, NY and served as a Naval air station during WWII is now an urban camp ground as part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. I remember learning about The Tate Modern Museum during 2012’s London Summer Olympics.  The museum is housed in the former Bankside Power Station.  The building was slated for demolition after it closed in 1981, but now the cavernous building has been put to re-use. The success of High Line Park in Manhattan is spawning plans for similar spaces in Philadelphia, Chicago and numerous other cities. It takes the rails to trails concepts to new heights… literally. What are some of your favorite public spaces?

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