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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.

Several locations were consistently mentioned throughout the survey. Over the next few weeks we’ll look at how and why these spots are so popular.


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Central Park, NY was one of the most-mentioned places. It was suggested in each of the following categories:

  • Favorite iconic space
  • Designed space
  • Child-experience space
  • Space worried about losing
  • Great space to move through
  • Space for lingering
  • Technically innovative project
  • Project that changed the profession

Let’s look at some of the reasons why.

Favorite iconic space
“It's a seamless sequence of wonderfully complex spaces. You can people-watch by the Bethesda Terrace, but find solitude just across the pond in the Ramble.”
“It is amazing that you are in one of the biggest cities in the world and can feel as though you have left the city.”
“Central Park is the heart of NYC and allows it to function without exploding! It is relaxing, intriguing, wonderfully complex and engaging every time I visit it.”
“Because it is quiet design, for the masses, with nature, and it works. The design doesn't scream.”

Best designed space
“Historical perspective of what a park does for a community.”
“It represents nature in the middle of an urban jungle.”
“Because it is designed, not naturally occurring.”
“The birth of Landscape Architecture in America.”
“Olmstead created the ultimate urban park by blending several layers - vehicular circulation, pedestrian, and natural spaces - into one park.”

Child-experience space
“Places to run, places to think, places to play, places to learn, places to dream, places to rest, places to create.”

Space worried about losing
“The loss of the 'lungs' of NYC.”




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