Vancouver Would Be Cooler If It Had A Playground High Up In A Forest Canopy

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The point of VWBCI is to open local minds to outside practices, concepts, and ideas that might stand to improve our greater civic situation in a parallel universe where coolness was valued more than practicality and funds spent on public works of art were raised by way of a special NIMBY tax levied against rich, self-absorbed assholes.

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(via) We’ve got it pretty good with parks in Vancouver, but that doesn’t mean we can’t improve on an already swell situation. The “Parkorman” sky park envisioned for Istanbul  – an ancient city short on green spaces – includes a playground suspended in the tree canopy high above the ground with pathways, hammocks and – yes – even a massive trampoline. The designers of it, Studio Dror, also imagine a boxed water feature underneath it all with water cascading down its sides (visitors can stand inside this so-called “Fountain of Clarity”, which might prove magical if you could ever have it to yourself).

“Our masterplan for Parkorman is a web of possibilities; a living system of places for visitors to explore. Instead of dictating one’s path through the park, visitors write their own experience. Numerous non-linear pathways, like calligraphy, weave through the existing woodland, surprising people with unexpected discoveries along their journey.”

Alas, it’s just a dream. We doubt ground will ever be broken for it in Istanbul. But doesn’t that mean it’s up for grabs? Your move, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation…

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