Nature and Geometry in the Park
9 minutes & 10 minutes
Urban parks consist of two major elements: nature and man-made forms. Parks play an important role in the urban environment, offering relief in everyday life. While parks provide green spaces, they are not natural spaces; they are highly designed. This series of short videos explores parks, focusing on form.
Case 1: Herbert Von King Park
This video, shot in the spring of 2017, features Herbert Von King Park which is located in the heart of Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Von King Park is one of the first parks in the history of Brooklyn, with a design submitted by Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect who is famous for designing Central Park, and Calvert Vaux. A unique Cultural Arts Center, equipped with an outdoor amphitheater, was added later on thanks to the community’s efforts.
Case 2: Fort Greene Park
For Greene Park was originally the site of forts. It was designated a park in 1847, which was the first one in Brooklyn. In 1896, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux prepared a plan for the redesign of the park. Fort Greene Park is a vibrant recreation space for the community in Downtown Brooklyn.