THE DIRT


Landscape architects are increasingly recognized as the most critical designers of post-industrial sites, perhaps the only ones capable of transforming abandoned and often toxic industrial infrastructure into vibrant new parks and event spaces that also show a deep respect for the past. Like the ASLA award-winning Steel Yard Park in Providence, Rhode Island, or the Paddington Reservoir Gardens Park in Sydney, Australia, these three new projects from around the world, each with very different vibes, show how the bar is constantly being raised as landscape architects transform beautiful ruins into exemplars of public design.

In Genk, Belgium, Hosper Landscape Architecture and Urban Design created C-M!ne square, a new cultural center on the site of a former coal mine, writes Landezine. Forming a “spectacular” open space, the square also plays host to revamped former industrial buildings, a new theatre, cinema, restaurants, and Genk design academy.

Hosper’s team design writes: “An obstacle-free surface ensures that the square can be used for a wide variety of purposes.” Anticipating both heavy use…

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  1. When LanArchs start getting taken seriously there is a lot to be done. Although I’m wondering if we have toxic brownfields in Nairobi ? that city never seem to have a free space abandoned. But on the other hand I know that we have so many abandoned quarries and the current on-going infrastructure upgrading will surely leave its mark. Those sites are a danger to the communities who live nearby. Which other post industrial sites do we need to rehabilitate ?

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