Freshkills Park Blog

São Paulo’s new eco-park

From Brazil comes this gorgeous new “eco-park” built on a brownfield–formerly the 130,000-square-foot site of a garbage incinerator.  Davis Brody Bond Architects and Levisky Arquitetos Associados have transformed it into a multi-functional park that celebrates the site’s industrial, cultural and natural heritage.  Tons of sustainable features here: solar panels, reclaimed wood, passive water filtering systems.  Even the old garbage incinerator itself was retrofitted into a sustainability museum!


Of particular note to us is the design team’s efforts to minimize excavation of contaminated soil by building a deck that hovers three feet above the ground.  Soil at the Freshkills Park site is an issue, too–much of the site that was closed before public access was envisioned has been covered with an industrial grade soil, and we’ll have to cover over with two feet of cleaner soil before we can open those areas up to the public.  Two feet over a lot of acreage is, of course, very expensive.  It’s interesting to consider the  trade-offs made in both approaches to the public’s interaction with the earth it’s standing on–size of project, program opportunities, cost, permitting, timelines, etc.

(via Inhabitat)


March 23, 2009 - Posted by | FKP | , ,


  1. Cool project. Anything that helps find new homes and personas for NIMBY projects is a step in the right direction. Not only can more of the programs we need actually get built, but the exposure to a broader audience helps spread that knowledge deeper into society.

    Comment by T. Caine | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  2. Absolutely, T. Caine. Precedents like the eco-park are useful to a project like ours because we can learn from them and consider alternate approaches, but they’re also just great trailblazers for these ideas in the public consciousness.

    Comment by freshkillspark | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  3. Dear Sir / Madam

    This is Anbar Khoshsohbat, a graduate student of Environmental Design at the university of Sciences and Researches in Tehran, Iran.
    At the moment I am taking the first steps to prepare myself for my lecture on Landscape Design Using New Energies.

    Could you please kindly send me some information and photos on case studies which new energy, energy efficiency or energy conserving is applied in designing any available eco-parks in your country or any where else that you suppose will help me with my lecture?

    I’ll appreciate your kind attention in advance.

    Sincerely yours
    Anbar Khoshsohbat

    Comment by Anbar khoshsohbat | June 16, 2009 | Reply

    • Dear Mr. Khoshsohbat,

      On the right side of our blog page is a list of tags. You can click on the tags “case studies” and “renewable energy” to see everything that we have ever written on those subjects. Hope this helps.

      Comment by freshkillspark | June 16, 2009 | Reply

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