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PARKS FOR THE PEOPLE: A Student Competition to Reimagine America’s National Parks

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How can design enhance the 21st-century park experience?

Competition Launch: August 2011

Parks for the People: A Student Competition to Reimagine America’s National Parks conceived new ideas for America’s most spectacular public places—its national parks—by using design as a catalyst to creatively consider their connections to people and their role as revered natural, social, and cultural destinations. The competition represented a collaborative initiative of Van Alen Institute, the U.S. National Park Service, and the National Parks Conservation Association, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

As an introductory project of Designing the Parks—a public-private partnership to promote well-designed public parks in America—the Parks for the People competition invited student and faculty teams to build a common foundation of design principles for these extraordinary sites as the U.S. National Park Service embarked upon a new century of park design. Participating student and faculty teams worked with park administrators to create model solutions for seven park sites in each geographic region of the U.S., and developed these design ideas as paradigms to strengthen sites across the National Park System.

 

winners

FINDING COMMON GROUND

Site

Nicodemus National Historic Site

Nicodemus, KS

School

City College of New York

Barnard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture

A PARK FOR THE PEOPLE

Site

Hopewell Furnace

National Historic Site

Elverson, PA

School

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

(RE)CREATE FLUX: THE CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER NATIONAL RECREATION AREA AS PARK PROTOTYPE

Site

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Atlanta, GA

School

Cornell University

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

 

LIVING ATLAS: THE NATIONAL PAK AS THE UNIVERSITY OF THE 21ST CENTURY

Biscayne National Park

Miami, FL

School

Florida International University

College of Architecture and the Arts

 

THE PEOPLE’S PARK

Site

Nicodemus National Historic Site

Nicodemus, KS

School 

Kansas State University

College of Architecture, Planning, and Design

 

CIVIL WAR DEFENSE OF WASHINGTON 

Site

Civil War Defenses of Washington

Washington, DC

School

University of Pennsylvania

School of Design

HOPEWELL IS FOR ALL

Site

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

Elverson, PA

School

Pratt Institute

School of Art and Design

FINDING COMMON GROUND 

Site

San Juan Island National Park

Friday Harbor, WA

School

University of Washington

College of Built Environments