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The pandemic changed the types of projects that lead a city’s tourism brochure: Starchitect-designed museums are out and dynamic green spaces are in. “Access to fresh air, open sky and nature is now our priority,” says Richard Kennedy, senior principal of James Corner Field Operations, “as is providing equal opportunity to experience something, so you’re not privileging one audience. Parks are the democratic spaces of a city.”

An aerial view of Presidio Tunnel Tops park, showing how the green space and its twisting paths are built atop a freeway tunnel.
Construction required some 70,000 cubic metres of soil, much of it mounded above a series of highway tunnels. A grid of 12-metre-deep gravel columns bolsters seismic stability. Photo courtesy of Field Operations.

Granted, the new six-hectare landscape that Kennedy’s team recently completed on San...

Presidio Tunnel Tops Is a San Francisco Park on Top of a Freeway

James Corner Field Operations builds a sprawling green oasis that connects the city’s rugged Presidio to its sandy bayshore.

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