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Nature: Green Space from Unused Blacktop

Local Code : Real Estates uses geospatial analysis to identify thousands of publicly owned abandoned sites in major US cities, imagining this distributed, vacant landscape as a new urban system.

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Nature: Green Space from Unused Blacktop


By searching through city records, people can find unowned / unclaimed plots of land in their cities and petition to turn them into parkland. In many cities, these small triangles and patches of space, if combined, could be the equivalent in size to Central Park and significantly increase the greening of the urban landscape. And the reduction in asphalt helps to reduce the thermal battery of the city. All of this would go a long way toward adding to the vibrancy of cities.

This was brought to my attention by the research of Nicholas de Monchaux and his Local Code: Real Estate Project:

Nicholas de Monchaux and his Local Code: Real Estates project:

And can be seen in the uptake of works like this, describing how small spaces can be turned into pocket parks:

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