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Great City Parks by Alan Tate

Great City Parks

by Alan Tate

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shelved at: 998 : Landscape
  PeterKent2015 | Feb 14, 2016 |
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  mwbooks | Jan 22, 2016 |
Alan Tate, in his wonderful survey of 20 great city parks around the world, reminds us that these community and cultural gems don't develop on their own. From the smallest (New York City’s Paley Park) to the largest (Minneapolis Park System), the parks are introduced and then examined from a variety of perspectives including key figures in the establishment of each park, the planning and design that went into each park, management and usage of the parks, and conclusions that connect Tate's observations into a cohesive summary that helps readers understand each park within its own context and also provides valuable background to anyone interested in becoming more involved with the development and ongoing support needed to support these community resources in the best and worst of financial situations. Maps and photographs accompanying the text help create a more complete picture of each park than would otherwise have been possible; the result is that readers are likely to want to visit a park again sooner than later as a result of spending time with Tate and the parks he so lovingly describes. ( )
  paulsignorelli | May 13, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0415306361, Paperback)

Great City Parks is a celebration of some of the finest achievements of landscape architecture in the public realm. It is a comparative study of twenty significant public parks in fourteen major cities across Western Europe and North America. Collectively, they give a clear picture of why parks have been created, how they have been designed, how they are managed, and what plans are being made for them at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
Based on unique research including extensive site visits and interviews with the managing organisations, this book is illustrated throughout with clear plans and professional photographs for each park. This book reflects a belief that well-planned, well-designed and well-managed parks remain invaluable components of liveable and hospitable cities.

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