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 Members of the Professional Practice Networks (PPNs) were recently surveyed about their favorite spaces. Responses were varied and had many insightful comments and suggestions, which will be shared and discussed with everyone here over the next few months.

To get us started we’ll highlight some of the most-mentioned favorite spaces.

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Of all the favorite iconic spaces our members mentioned, these were mentioned most often:

  • Central Park, New York City
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • The National Mall, Washington, D.C.
  • Paley Park, New York City
  • The High Line, New York City
  • Yosemite National Park.

When asked about designed spaces, these were mentioned most often:

  • 9/11 Memorial, New York City
  • Central Park, New York City
  • Bryant Park, New York City
  • Champs-Elysées, Paris
  • Millennium Park, Chicago
  • Fallingwater, Mill Run, Pennsylvania
  • Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
  • The High Line, New York City
  • The National Mall, Washington, D.C.
  • Versailles, France.

Though a lot of great cities were mentioned as having the best network of open spaces, in alphabetical order, these were mentioned most often:

  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Minneapolis
  • New York City
  • Philadelphia
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Washington, D.C.

When asked, “What project changed the profession?” the most frequent response was overwhelmingly Central Park in New York City.

The most common response to the request for a “small, but mighty space” was Paley Park, also in New York City.

And there is much more where this came from! We’ll discuss the whys and point out the unique responses in future features. This is a way to learn more about our favorite spaces as well as find a few new favorites along the way.

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