Urbanization puts pressure on open space. Natural open space is valuable as ‘restorative’ space: visual, physical and conceptual open space where nature can be experienced. A strategy to address this would be to translate the restorative aspects of natural spaces to small-scale urban spaces, providing opportunities for restoration as part of everyday life. These spaces can be found by exploiting leftover spaces in the interstices of the urban tissue. Such an interstitial, polycentric strategy could create a non-hierarchical pattern. Its internal logic, determined by situation, dependent on time, coincidence and circumstance is derived from the inbetween and coincidental character of the interstices, simultaneously autonomous and situational. This separate layer, aside from the urban network and at the same time intertwined with it, could open up a new view to the city: a ‘green galaxy.’. This paper presents Paley Park (1967) as a case study of an interstitial garden, to discover several landscape architectural translations of the different aspects of a restorative setting.
In Roberto Cavallo Susanne Komossa Nicola Marzot Meta Berghauser Pont red New Urban Configurations Delft IOS Press 2014 pp. 930-935.