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By introducing some greenery into the concrete jungle, city parks inspire a closer connection to the earth — which is not to say that they should be approached as purely earthbound spaces.

A stepped rooftop park design by Salto Architects and Stuudio Tallinn above a cruise terminal in Tallinn, Estonia.
Photo by Tõnu Tunnel

That’s the takeaway from a new generation of recreational environments that have risen up off the ground and into the clouds. Here are three key principles behind this top-down approach to rooftop park design, lifted from a few of our favourite city summits.

A rooftop park design by melk! above an old boat terminal in New York City.
Photo by Jakob Dahlin
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As cities densify, their street levels do not always offer the room required to imagine expansive new outdoor gathering spaces. One solution: look up.

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The Best Rooftop Parks Deliver a Bird’s Eye View of City Life

In cities around the world, inspiring public spaces are landing on top of buildings.

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