Monday, July 31, 2006

if phillip lewis is right...?

an article on landscape architect phillip lewis at denver.yourhub
Denver... is part of a linear city that really begins in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta, CN and runs along the east slope of the Rockies. It intensifies beginning in Ft. Collins, ending in Pueblo, CO.
lewis was inspired to formulate his theories when the first night satellite images of the US were released to the public in the 1970's...
Second is Lewis's belief that our planning needs to have more than postage stamp sized parks and small, fragmented open spaces. We need large, contiguous areas that function as ecological and environmental systems for species other than our own.
maybe that's why central park is so successful?

denver has an law called the view planes ordinance that requires all newly built structures comply with, ensuring that the panoramic views to the mountains from every municipal park are preserved. washington park in particular has a distinct similarity to central park in that it is oriented on a long n-s axis, includes two lakes, perimeter jogging & biking trails, and expansive open lawns. although much smaller in size, the qualities it exudes make it one of the most popular parks in denver.

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