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Overview

Great City Parks is a celebration of some of the finest achievements of landscape architecture in the public realrn. It is a comparative study of twenty significant public parks in fourteen major cities across western Europe and North America. As a collection they give a clear picture of why parks have been created, how they have been designed, how they are managed, and what pians are being made for them at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

The twenty parks are documented in ascending order of size. Each park is examined in terms of the condition of the site at the time of designation, the reason for its designation and the key figures behind the decision to build it. The principal designers are profited in terms of their backgrounds and the values that they brought to the projects. Each park is then examined in terms of its planning and design, and the original design concept is reviewed in terms of spatial structure, circulation systems and intended character. The current status of the parks is reviewed in terms of the organizations that manage them: how they are appointed; how they canvass users' views; how the parks are funded and how they are used. The final section on each park looks at current plans for them. The study concludes by considering whether there are clear planning, design and management criteria for successful city parks.

Great City Parks is based on unique research including extensive site visits and interviews with their managing organizations. The text is amplified by new plans and photographs of each park. This book reflects a belief that well-planned, well-designed and well-managed parks remain invaluable components of liveable and hospitable cities. Great City Parks will appeal to practitioners and students of landseape architecture, architecture, urban planning and park management, and to people who appreciate the special rote of parks in urban environments.

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'This marvellous book screams to be read. Well-researched and beautifully presented.'Landscape Design

'Should be on the shelves of all serious landscape, urban design and city planning offices.'Architect's Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415306362
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Tate has a degree in Town and Country Planning, an accredited Diploma in Landscape Design from the University of Manchester, and a PhD in Architecture from Edinburgh College of Art. He has over twenty years' professional experience and is a Fellow and Past President of the United Kingdom Landscape Institute. Following five years’ experience in local government and private practice in Nottingham and London he spent nine years running the Clouston landscape consultancy in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia before returning to Europe to lead the landscape design team for Disneyland Paris. Tate then spent nine years based in London, running Clifton Design followed by his own private practice before moving to Canada in 1998 to take up a teaching position at the University of Manitoba. He was promoted to the position of Professor in 2007 and was Head of Department from 2000 to 2005, from 2011 to 2013, and from July 2014.

Marcella Eaton has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba and a PhD in Landscape Architecture from Edinburgh College of Art. She has many years of professional experience, largely in Toronto, and has been teaching at the University of Manitoba since 1998. She has been Associate Dean Academic in the Faculty of Architecture since 2009.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Paley Park, New York 5
2 Village of Yorkville Park, Toronto 10
3 Freeway Park, Seattle 17
4 Bryant Park, New York 25
5 Parc de Bercy, Paris 32
6 Parc Andre-Citroen, Paris 39
7 Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Paris 47
8 Parc de la Villette, Paris 56
9 Parque de Maria Luisa, Seville 66
10 Birkenhead Park, Merseyside 73
11 Regent's Park, London 83
12 Grant Park, Chicago 95
13 Stadtpark, Hamburg 105
14 Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord 114
15 Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York 123
16 Tiergarten, Berlin 133
17 Central Park, New York 144
18 Stanley Park, Vancouver 157
19 Amsterdamse Bos, Amsterdam 168
20 Minneapolis Park System 179
Reflections 193
Endnotes 199
Backword 214
Index 216
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