Good, Small Urban Parks (01-31-17)

Currie studied how the design of small urban parks.  She learned that “Public parks contribute to neighbourhood quality of life, promote a more public daily life, serve as important focal points for neighbourhoods, and provide access to nearby nature as part of the built environment. . . . This research identified design principles that good, small urban parks share – including accessibility, specificity, authenticity, functionality, and adaptability – applicable in smaller cities, towns, and lower density areas.”  

Melissa Currie.  2017.  “A Design Framework for Small Parks in Ultra-Urban, Metropolitan, Suburban and Small Town Settings.”  Journal of Urban Design, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 76-95.