Great City Parks Book

Great City Parks


  • Author : Alan Tate
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-03-05
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317612988

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Great City Parks Excerpt :

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.

Rethinking Urban Parks Book
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Rethinking Urban Parks


  • Author : Setha Low
  • Publisher : University of Texas Press
  • Release Date : 2009-05-21
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780292778214

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Rethinking Urban Parks Excerpt :

Urban parks such as New York City's Central Park provide vital public spaces where city dwellers of all races and classes can mingle safely while enjoying a variety of recreations. By coming together in these relaxed settings, different groups become comfortable with each other, thereby strengthening their communities and the democratic fabric of society. But just the opposite happens when, by design or in ignorance, parks are made inhospitable to certain groups of people. This pathfinding book argues that cultural diversity should be a key goal in designing and maintaining urban parks. Using case studies of New York City's Prospect Park, Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park, and Jacob Riis Park in the Gateway National Recreation Area, as well as New York's Ellis Island Bridge Proposal and Philadelphia's Independence National Historical Park, the authors identify specific ways to promote, maintain, and manage cultural diversity in urban parks. They also uncover the factors that can limit park use, including historical interpretive materials that ignore the contributions of different ethnic groups, high entrance or access fees, park usage rules that restrict ethnic activities, and park "restorations" that focus only on historical or aesthetic values. With the wealth of data in this book, urban planners, park professionals, and all concerned citizens will have the tools to create and maintain public parks that serve the needs and interests of all the public.

The Politics of Park Design Book

The Politics of Park Design


  • Author : Galen Cranz
  • Publisher : MIT Press (MA)
  • Release Date : 1982
  • Genre: City planning
  • Pages : 347
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015007546776

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The Politics of Park Design Excerpt :

Galen Cranz surveys the rise of the park system from 1850 to the present through 4 stages - the pleasure ground, the reform park, the recreation facility and the open space system.

Urban Parks Between Safety and Aesthetics Book

Urban Parks Between Safety and Aesthetics


  • Author : Isabella M. Mambretti
  • Publisher : vdf Hochschulverlag AG
  • Release Date : 2011-01
  • Genre: Urban parks
  • Pages : 223
  • ISBN 10 : 9783728131874

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Urban Parks Between Safety and Aesthetics Excerpt :

The question of how to live in the city and increase the quality of urban life creates new challenges for both urban policies and academic research. Urban parks are important keys for achieving a broader understanding of the urban landscape. Open green spaces in every form are essential for life in our ever more urbanised society and are becoming a vital issue for the liveability of the urban environment.The purpose of the present research is to acquire a more thorough knowledge of the evaluation of urban parks. The study uses statistical analysis methods combined with landscape planning and visualisation methods. The research provides an innovative and sophisticated point of view along with the means to improve the comprehension of people's preferences for alternative urban park scenarios. The results are expected to create an advanced discussion platform and make a contribution towards improving knowledge of the public's perception of urban parks. The investigation was conducted with empirical experiments on two parks in Zurich.The functional component of the research is the visualisation of spatial data using powerful visualisation tools. The theoretical prospect is the achievement of broader knowledge about individuals' perception of open green spaces, focusing on previously unexplored experimental research combining conjoint analysis and visualisation methods.The experiments created for the research are effective for modelling and explaining the signifi cance that people assign to specific dimensions characterising different park scenarios. Two motivations are at the base of the research: exploring the use of conjoint analysis methods to study virtual urban parks and evaluating the use of visual stimuli with conjoint analysis.

Urban Parks and Recreation Recovery Program Book

Urban Parks and Recreation Recovery Program


  • Author : United States. Congress. House. Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1981
  • Genre: Federal aid to outdoor recreation
  • Pages : 97
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105045409666

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Trees for Urban Parks Book

Trees for Urban Parks


  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1982
  • Genre: Independence National Historical Park (Philadelphia, Pa.)
  • Pages : 132
  • ISBN 10 : CORNELL:31924003721770

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Why Cities Need Large Parks Book

Why Cities Need Large Parks


  • Author : Richard Murray
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-12-06
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 488
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000510058

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Why Cities Need Large Parks Excerpt :

The large parks and green infrastructure presented here illustrate the diverse uses and many benefits of large urban parks across 30 major cities. Demand for large urban parks emerged at the height of the First Industrial Revolution in the mid-1800s, when large urban parks represented new ideas of accessible public spaces, often established on land previously owned by aristocracy, royalty or the army. They represented new ideas on how city life could be improved and how large green spaces could enhance urban citizens’ physical and psychological well-being (e.g. Birkenhead Park in Liverpool, Bois de Boulogne in Paris, Tiergarten in Berlin and Central Park in New York City). Today, large urban parks are habitats for biodiversity and spaces of climate change adaptation. For people living in cities, this biodiversity may represent high cultural, recreational and aesthetic values, but is also important for other aspects of health and well-being, for example by reducing the urban heat island effect, air pollution and risks of flooding. At a time when we are seriously reconsidering how we live in cities and our urban quality of life, while also grappling with serious challenges of climate change, the authors of this book detail the much-needed evidence, pathways and vision for a future of more liveable, resilient cities where large urban parks are at the core. This book will help park managers, NGOs, landscape architects and city planners to develop the green city of the future.

The Greening of the City Book

The Greening of the City


  • Author : Carole A. O'Reilly
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-06-30
  • Genre: Urban parks
  • Pages : 164
  • ISBN 10 : 1032092440

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The Greening of the City Excerpt :

This book re-evaluates the contribution of the urban park to our civic history and considers their impact on patterns of public leisure and the use of open space in the city.

Santa Monica Mountain and Seashore National Urban Park Book

Santa Monica Mountain and Seashore National Urban Park


  • Author : United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. Subcommittee on Parks and Recreation
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1974
  • Genre: National parks and reserves
  • Pages : 169
  • ISBN 10 : UIUC:30112052542153

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Santa Monica Mountain and Seashore National Urban Park Book

Santa Monica Mountain and Seashore National Urban Park


  • Author : United States. Congress. Senate. Interior and Insular Affairs Committee
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1974
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 169
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105045400020

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The New Urban Park Book

The New Urban Park


  • Author : Hal Rothman
  • Publisher : Development of Western Resourc
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 258
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015058086284

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From Yellowstone to the Great Smoky Mountains, America's national parks are sprawling tracts of serenity, most of them carved out of public land for recreation and preservation around the turn of the last century. America has changed dramatically since then, and so has its conceptions of what parkland ought to be. In this book, one of our premier environmental historians looks at the new phenomenon of urban parks, focusing on San Francisco's Golden Gate National Recreation Area as a prototype for the twenty-first century. Cobbled together from public and private lands in a politically charged arena, the GGNRA represents a new direction for parks as it highlights the long-standing tension within the National Park Service between preservation and recreation. Long a center of conservation, the Bay Area was well positioned for such an innovative concept. Writing with insight and wit, Rothman reveals the many complex challenges that local leaders, politicians, and the NPS faced as they attempted to administer sites in this area. He tells how Representative Phillip Burton guided a comprehensive bill through Congress to establish the park and how he and others expanded the acreage of the GGNRA, redefined its mission to the public, forged an identity for interconnected parks, and struggled against formidable odds to obtain the San Francisco Presidio and convert it into a national park. Engagingly written, The New Urban Park offers a balanced examination of grassroots politics and its effect on municipal, state, and federal policy. While most national parks dominate the economies of their regions, GGNRA was from the start tied to the multifaceted needs of its public and political constituents-including neighborhood, ethnic, and labor interests as well as the usual supporters from the conservation movement. As a national recreation area, GGNRA helped redefine that category in the public mind. By the dawn of the new century, it had already become one of the premier national pa

Kuwait City Parks Book

Kuwait City Parks


  • Author : Subhi Abdullah Al-Mutawa
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-08-17
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 134
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351660655

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Kuwait City Parks Excerpt :

The purpose of this study, first published in 1985, was to investigate the management practices of the Kuwait City Park System and the relationship of these practices to user satisfaction. The decision making process affecting the parks had been fragmented between three agencies, and this created conflicts in different goals, responsibilities and objectives. The study shows how much impact the uncoordinated and fragmented decisions had on user satisfaction in the parks.

From Urban National Parks to Natured Cities in the Global South Book

From Urban National Parks to Natured Cities in the Global South


  • Author : Frédéric Landy
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2018-07-20
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN 10 : 9789811084621

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From Urban National Parks to Natured Cities in the Global South Excerpt :

This important volume focuses on the sensitive issue of interrelationships between national parks situated near or within urban areas and their urban environment. It engages with both urban and conservation issues and and compares four national parks located in four large cities in the global South: Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Mumbai, and Nairobi. Though primarily undertaken as academic research, the project has intensively collaborated with the institutions in charge of these parks. The comparative structure of this volume is also original and unique: each of the chapters incorporates insight from all four sites as far as possible.The term “naturbanity” expresses the necessity for cities endowed with a national park to integrate it into their functioning. Conversely, such parks must take into account their location in an urban environment, both as a source of heavy pressures on nature and as a nexus of incentives to support their conservation. The principle of non-exclusivity, that is, neither the city nor the park has a right nor even the possibility to negate the other’s presence, summarizes the main argument of this book. Naturbanity thus blurs the old “modern” dichotomy of nature/culture: animals and human beings can often jump the physical and ideological walls separating many parks from the adjacent city. The 13 chapters and substantive introduction of this volume discuss various aspects of naturbanity: the histories of park creation; interaction between people and parks; urban governance and parks; urban conservation models; wildlife management; environmental education; and so on. This is a must-read for students and researchers interested in social ecology, social geography, conservation, urban planning and ecological policy.

Kansas City s Parks and Boulevards Book

Kansas City s Parks and Boulevards


  • Author : Patrick Alley
  • Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
  • Release Date : 2014-10-27
  • Genre: Photography
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : 9781439648001

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Kansas City s Parks and Boulevards Excerpt :

A fast-growing frontier community transformed itself into a beautiful urban model of parks and boulevards. In 1893, East Coast newspapers were calling Kansas City “the filthiest in the United States.” The drainage of many houses emptied into gullies and cesspools. There was no garbage collection service, and herding livestock through the city was only recently prohibited. Through the diligent efforts of a handful of recently arrived citizens, political, financial, and botanical skills were successfully applied to a nascent parks system. “Squirrel pastures,” cliffs and bluffs, ugly ravines, and shanties and slums were turned into a gridiron of green, with chains of parks and boulevards extending in all directions. Wherever the system penetrated well-settled localities, the policy was to provide playgrounds, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, pools, and field houses. By the time the city fathers were finished, Kansas City could boast of 90 miles of boulevards and 2,500 acres of urban parks.