FRI-D09 Manhattan's Shadow Park System: Beneath the Occupy Wall Street/Zuccotti Park Debate

Thomas Balsley, FASLA
Thomas Balsley Associates
New York, NY 
United States
Thomas Balsley, FASLA, specializes in urban landscape architecture. His more than 100 NYC public spaces include Balsley Park on 57th Street. He lectures throughout the US and abroad and is featured in numerous publications, including the monograph "Thomas Balsley: The Urban Landscape" from Spacemaker Press. His award-winning parks and waterfronts include Riverside Park South, Gantry Plaza State Park and Capitol Plaza in NYC, Baltimore’s Westshore Park, Dallas’ Main Street Garden, Cleveland’s Perk Park, Tokyo's Gate City and Seoul's Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art.
Fri, 11/15: 3:30 PM  - 5:00 PM 
Education Session 
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center 
Room: 204 
PDH Credits: 1.5 
Occupy Wall Street made Zuccotti Park famous as a small urban open space. Questions of ownership and management, use and access, purpose and program have now crossed over into the mainstream dialogue. How have these privately owned public spaces performed and what have we learned?

Learning Objective

1) Know landscape architecture's role in social sustainability and urban revitalization through urban space design.
2) Explain how incentive zoning created a 90-acre ""shadow park" system of privately owned public spaces in Manhattan.
3) Understand the landscape architectural perspective of the Occupy Wall Street/Zuccotti Park episode's conflicts, access, and public value.
4) Learn design strategies for managing private and public expectations and pursuing design excellence for these important interstitial urban spaces. 


Education Credits


Primary Topic

Urban Design / Downtown Revitalization