Great City Parks (2nd Edition)

Great City Parks (2nd Edition)

Alan Tate, Marcella Eaton

Language: English

Pages: 472

ISBN: B01FRY1H1E

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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 thirty significant public parks in 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 photographs– with this new edition featuring full colour throughout. Tate updates his seminal 2001 work with 10 additional parks, including: The High Line in NYC, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam. All the previous city parks have also been updated and revised to reflect current usage and management.

This book reflects a belief that well planned, well designed and well managed parks and park systems will continue to make major contributions to the quality of life in an increasingly urbanized world.

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eastern section intended as a more pastoral landscape. This division was exaggerated by the construction in 1936 of the north–south Cross Over Drive. A three-quarter-mile-long (1.2 kilometre) by one-block-wide (250 foot / 75 metre) ‘Panhandle’ extends eastward from the park towards the downtown a further three miles (4.8 kilometres) or so to the east. Designation of the site as a park was derided in the press of the day and questioned by Frederick Law Olmsted (Cranz 1982: 41). Politicians, the

grassland enclosed by dense woodland. The design of the ‘Ante Park’ accommodates the barriers that the site presented to this type of landscape. But it is, nevertheless, difficult to dispute the continued accuracy of Newton’s assertion that ‘Franklin Park, quite apart from questions of upkeep, somehow impresses less positively than Prospect Park with its magnificent Long Meadow’ (Newton 1971: 299). MANAGEMENT AND USAGE Managing organizations Management of the Emerald Necklace, much like its

undertaken by directly employed staff. The initial construction cost of the park was reported in 1994 to be FF 390 million – around €60 million (Diedrich 1994: 78). The only significant change in the park has been the insertion of a new play area in the southern corner. Otherwise management continues to be directed towards maintaining the established layout and garden-scale character, and being careful not to erode this.2 CONCLUSIONS The Parc de Bercy is tighter, less monumental and more

Bundesgartenschauen, the parks should be fenced, pay-for-entry facilities for the duration of the show and be freely accessible once it closed. The Mannheim show was exceptionally popular. A record 186,000 season tickets were sold and the parks attracted 8.1 million visits – the highest number for any show other than the 11 million visits to the International Garden Show in Munich in 1983. Before the end of the show citizens called for both the Luisenpark and Herzogenriedpark – jointly referred

significant section of the Lea Valley was proposed as a regional park in Patrick Abercrombie’s Greater London Plan of 1944.1 This was eventually effected through establishment in 1966 of the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority to oversee a 42-kilometre-long, 4,000-hectare recreational area. Its domain extends as far as the northern end of the Olympic Park, about five kilometres from the Thames. The section between the Regional Park and the Thames is divided into the Lee Navigation to the west of

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