The first public parks were created on urban 'greenfields'. Once these designated sites had been used, cities looked towards post-industrial sites, and built parks in places that had suffered from environmental degradation, neglect, abandonment and conflict. With finite stocks of urban post-industrial land now also approaching exhaustion, more ways of making parks are required to create inclusive, accessible and resilient urban places.
Future Park invites Australian built environment professionals and policymakers to consider the future of parks in our cities. Including spectacular images of public spaces throughout the world, the book describes the economic, social and environmental benefits of urban parks, and then outlines the threats and challenges facing cities and communities in an age when more than half the world's population are urban dwellers. Future Park introduces the need to embrace new public park thinking to ensure that benefits continue to be realised.
Future Park illustrates imaginative and resourceful responses to real challenges by highlighting recent proposals and projects. These projects coalesce around four broad themes – linkages, obsolescences, co-locations and installations – responding to contemporary urban paradoxes, and ensuring parks continue to play a vital role in the lives of our cities.
Global lessons for park design in Australia
Ideas-based book with practical application
Includes spectacular images of public spaces throughout the world
Imaginative and resourceful responses to real challenges
Where to from here?
Appendix Project distribution
Policy-makers in local government
Environment and ecology professionals
Planning and development assessment officers in local government
"This is a Keeper! It should be required reading for anyone who works in the realm of public space. In fact, it should be on the list for anyone in our industry." Martin Lambert, President Parks and Leisure Australia (Queensland), 2014
"Wright's obvious attraction to beauty shines throughout this work. Summing up: Highly recommended." D. E. Cleary, CHOICE, Vol 52(2), pp 101
"Future Park is a well-illustrated book, with many interesting sketches and thoughtfully-chosen photographs... Future Park provides an empirical base for landscape architects, urban designers and policy makers to explore the alternative models of urban public places that address the new challenges we have in this century." Chuo Li, Journal of Urban Design, Vol 21(3), 2016, pp 393-395
Amalie Wright is a landscape architect, urban designer and architect with 16 years' experience creating meaningful places for people. Her work has included award-winning residential, urban design, infrastructure and public realm projects. In 2012 Amalie established her own design studio, Landscapology, which helps passionate and curious people create beautiful, memorable legacy landscapes.