Finding room for open, natural spaces in over-developed major cities isn’t always easy. However, The Office of James Burnett (OJB) recently stepped up to the challenge, and we’re happy to announce that their design for Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park, a pedestrian-friendly, urban park built over an existing freeway, earned the 2014 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Urban Open Space Award. The annual competition recognizes public spaces that socially and economically enrich and revitalize communities.
“Great cities have great parks, and Klyde Warren Park has quickly become the new heart of downtown Dallas, a place to gather, full of activities and fascination features, where everyone is welcome,” says OJB’s President James Burnett, FASLA, who guides the firm’s dedication to designing landscapes that transform perspective, evoke emotional responses, and create unique and unforgettable sensory experiences.
Built over the recessed, eight-lane Woodall Rodgers Freeway, the 5.2-acre Klyde Warren Park connects uptown Dallas to its thriving downtown and arts districts, thereby strengthening surrounding communities and driving foot traffic through the urban area. Burnett’s design is meant to create a sense of discovery as visitors move to different “rooms” that include a children’s park, reading area, great lawn, restaurant, performance pavilion, fountain plaza, games area, dog park, and botanical garden arranged around a sweeping pedestrian promenade. The park is also sustainably designed with native botanical gardens and over 300 trees that provide a green haven in the heart of one of the largest cities in the United States.
“By giving the community a central gathering space in the heart of our city, Klyde Warren Park has become one of Dallas’—and the region’s—top destinations,” said Park President Tara Green. “The visionary leaders behind this project are to be applauded for their vision and hard work.”
OJB utilized Vectorworks Landmark software in its planning and design processes to illustrate conceptual designs and create diagrams for presentation and coordination purposes. “Using Vectorworks allowed us to quickly create multiple design options and to effectively communicate our thoughts and design ideas to the client,” says Kyle Fiddelke, principal for OJB, who led the initial design phases of the project.
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