The Experience of Place: A New Way of Looking at and Dealing With our Radically Changing Cities and Count ryside

The Experience of Place: A New Way of Looking at and Dealing With our Radically Changing Cities and Count ryside

by Tony Hiss
     
 

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Why do some places--the concourse of Grand Central Terminal or a small farm or even the corner of a skyscraper--affect us so mysteriously and yet so forcefully? What tiny changes in our everyday environments can radically alter the quality of our daily lives? The Experience of Place offers an innovative and delightfully readable proposal for new ways of planning,…  See more details below

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Why do some places--the concourse of Grand Central Terminal or a small farm or even the corner of a skyscraper--affect us so mysteriously and yet so forcefully? What tiny changes in our everyday environments can radically alter the quality of our daily lives? The Experience of Place offers an innovative and delightfully readable proposal for new ways of planning, building, and managing our most immediate and overlooked surroundings.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Elements of environmentalism and urban and regional planning inform Hiss's on-site responses to Manhattan landmarks, Maine's north woods, Great Britain's protected landscapes and Frankfurt's open spaces. ``His revelatory odyssey is an invitation to stop, look, linger--and preserve what is life-enhancing in the environment,'' said PW. Illustrated. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Hiss, a writer for The New Yorker (where portions of this will appear), passionately believes that ``the places where we spend our time affect the people we are and can become.'' Here he explores psychological attitudes toward physical environments--parks, farms, and cities. Concerned about the debilitating effects of overdevelopment and urban sprawl on both the individual and collective psyche, he draws on innovative thinkers like Frederick Law Olmsted and Benton MacKaye to find practical suggestions for rethinking current environmental problems. This ambitious and caring essay speaks to a generation of Americans who hunger not only to save but enhance the Earth. For all but the smallest libraries. --Kenneth F. Kister, Tampa, Fla.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307766281
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/29/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
4 MB

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