Recently we wrote about Sarah Price’s innovative garden design for the upcoming London Olympics based on a naturalistic aesthetic and native planting. On the other side of the Atlantic, James Corner has spent the last seven years planning a similar but exponentially larger project called Fresh Kills Park adjacent to Staten Island near New York City. Both are looking to redefine the public park as a place that is ‘grown’ instead of designed to replicate a pastoral or a formal modernist model. The desire is to embrace the character of the land, both the assets and challenges. For Corner, the challenges look completely daunting. The ground he’s planting in is made of garbage.
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