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Parks are found everywhere and oftentimes offer insight into society. 

But how do we use them? How do they differ from one place to another, from the United States to Germany? Join us on a multimedia journey through parks!


in Germany

With a video crew in we traveled to Munich to film in the Englischer Garten and to Berlin to experience the history of the former Tempelhofer Flughafen.

Tempelhof Berlin

Tempelhofer Feld
The Field

The Tempelhofer Flughafen was one of the first airports in the world when flying was becoming a reality. It is now the largest open space in a city worldwide. Diego Cardenas and Mareike Witt from Initiative “100 Prozent Tempelhofer Feld” discuss why they want to keep the field open to the public.

Neues Schloss Herrenchiemsee

Neues Schloss Herrenchiemsee
Escape into a Dream

Known for his love of architecture, King Ludwig the II of Bavaria, had the Neues Schloss Herrenchiemsee built in 1878. Located on the largest island in the Chiemsee the palace draws visitors from around the world. Veronika Endlicher, chatelaine of the palace, shows us around the German Versailles.

Englischer Garten

Englischer Garten
The Soul of Munich

The English Garden, known for its English country park style, is often described as the soul of Munich residents who escape the busy city life in this tranquil park. Thomas Köster, Verwaltungsleiter of the English Garden, takes us on a tour through what he describes as “walkable landscape paintings.”

In the USA

In the United States we visited the historic Boston Common and the scenic Dolores Park in San Francisco, amongst others. A video about Rock Creek Park, the city escape of many Washington DC residents, resulted from a collaboration with American University.

San Fracisco - Mission Dolores Park © Julia Deshkin

San Francisco
Mission Dolores Park

Mission Dolores Park steals the show from any city landmark, as the panoramic view it affords over the roofs of the city to San Francisco Bay is simply too beautiful.

Boston Common © Natalie Wichmann

Boston Common

Boston Common has heard lots of stories and influenced many lives in the course of its more than 380-year history, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

New York Park

New York City
Humans and Greens in Manhattan

New York City is famously known as the city that never sleeps. A similarly excited and lively atmosphere fills Tompkins Square Park whereas Gramercy Park is one of the few gated areas of the city.

Rock Creek Park

Washington, DC
Life in a Park

Students from American University explored Rock Creek Park in Washington DC and asked residents what they love most about this unexpected oasis.

Baltimore Wyman Park © Michael Tager

Wyman Park

Autumn in Baltimore is a lovely season. It’s just the right temperature, perfect for exploring the post-industrial, burgeoning, redefined city of Baltimore.

Chicago © Frithjof Vogelsang

Humboldt Park in Chicago

In the second half of the nineteenth century, a group of visionary city residents began to plan was to add green spaces – places where people could breathe some fresh air – to a city characterized by raw industry.

Atlanta © Picture Allianz/David Goldman

Rodney Cook Sr. Park

A new park development in one of Atlanta’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods raises the question of what parks do for cities and communities – as public spaces and historical places.  

Washington, DC, Rock Creek Park © Roger Catlin

Washington DC
Teddy's Favorite - Rock Creek Park

President Teddy Roosevelt may have been the most celebrated frequent visitor of Rock Creek Park- He even lost his wedding ring over the Boulder Bridge.

Detroit Skyline © Frithjof Vogelsang

Belle Isle

What do an abandoned house, Friedrich Schiller, a car’s electronic ignition system, and the national border between the USA and Canada have in common? The answer is Belle Isle Park in Detroit.

New York Tomkins Park © William Jameson

New York City
Tompkins Square Park

Tompkins Square Park, a 10-acre, mixed-use public square in New York City’s East Village, is equal parts cultural intersection and urban backyard.