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Cities are more than just buildings and people. Open space is a key component to making any city livable. Not only does it offer beauty and areas for recreation and respite, but urban green space also offers valuable economic, health, community building, and ecosystem benefits.

Being a very dense city with an enormous population, the need for open space in New York is paramount. New York has been a leader in city park expansion, including transforming old rail lines into greenways and an old Army headquarters in the middle of the harbor into a popular oasis. Even buildings have become more conscious of providing green spaces, with many including green roofs that help curb greenhouse gas emissions or green plazas for tenants to enjoy.

For this year’s OHNY Weekend, Open House New York and the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA-NY) are partnering to present New Landscapes New York. Tours of seventeen of New York’s most exciting new open spaces and landscapes during the 2016 Open House New York Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, will give visitors a chance to meet the designers who push the boundaries of creativity, innovation and leadership in the planning, design, and development of our built environment.

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New Landscapes New York Sites

Concrete Plant Park
Bronx River Alliance

FDR Four Freedoms Park
Lois Sherr Dubin

Gil Hodges Community Garden
Stantec with New York Restoration Project

Hallett Nature Sanctuary
Central Park Conservancy

The High Bridge
NYC Parks and Recreation

High Line
James Corner Field Operations

Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park
Thomas Balsley Associates with WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism

Liberty Park

The Lowline Lab
Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

Naval Cemetery Landscape
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

New York Times Building Lobby Garden

Future Green Studio

Pier 5 Uplands at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. with Brooklyn Bridge Park

Pier 15
Ken Smith Workshop

DLANDstudio architecture + landscape architecture with The Trust For Public Land

Times Square Reconstruction

VIA 57 West
Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners with Bjarke Ingels Group

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Most New Landscapes New York sites require Advance Reservations, while others will be Open Access and may be visited free-of-charge on a drop-in basis. Full tour descriptions and information about how to visit these sites will be available on October 5.

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association for landscape architects. Founded in 1899, the association represents over 15,000 members. The New York Chapter encompasses the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, and Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Rockland counties. The Society’s mission is to lead in the planning, design and care of both our natural and built environments. While keeping pace with the ever-changing forces of nature and technology, landscape architects increasingly have a profound impact on the way people live, work and play.

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Images: VIA 57 West by Iwan Baan, Naval Cemetery Landscape courtesy of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, High Line by Iwan Baan, Concrete Plant Park by Malcom Pinckney, FDR Four Freedoms Park by Iwan Baan, and Times Square by Michael Grimm.