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"A significant new book...has awesome implications for the future of real-estate development, land-use planning, architecture and health...Tony Hiss illuminates the real nitty-gritty meaning of the dawning environmental era." Boston Globe
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.
"Tony Hiss...describes subtle but practical ways to improve mediocre places and transform even some unpleasant ones. Hiss's book itself is like a splendid place-experience: it draws one in, surprises and charms, and enhances the landscapes of the mind." Jane Jacobs
"To read [The Experience of Place]...is to come away convinced not only that things can be put right, but that the job is well underway."
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.)
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.