Saturday, 16 June 2012

Making use of dead spaces for public use. Hooray

I had to share this amazing project. It's so wonderful to see people thinking outside the square and making use of dead spaces in out city's for public use. I'd love to see more of it here in Melbourne.
I'm sharing my enthusiasm for this Lowline project, hoping it comes to fruition and has a ripple effect throughout the world. There's so much dead space out there that we could put to good use. What better way to create and inspire communities.

:: more about The Lowline here.

They have 75 days to raise $75k. If achieved a generous angel donor will match that amount, allowing them to hit their research target of $150,000. This critical funding will help them complete their engineering studies and business plan - and make the case to the Mayor, the Governor, and the community that a Lowline park makes good sense for their neighborhood.

Good luck guys. I really hope your dream comes true.

A couple of other 'dead space' favorite's are Prinzessinnengarten located on a formerly empty plot at Moritzplatz, in Berlin (you can read about it here) & The High Line, a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line.  There's a great clip here of the Highlines history narrated by Ethan Hawke.

It makes so much sense.

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