Designing Small Parks A Manual for Addressing Social and Ecological Concerns

ISBN-10: 0471736805
ISBN-13: 9780471736806
Edition: 2005
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Book details

List price: $80.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/24/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Designing Small Parks: A Manual for Addressing Social and Ecological Concerns provides guidelines for building better parks by integrating design criteria with current social and natural science research. Small parks are too often relegated to being the step-child of municipal and metropolitan open space systems because of assumptions that their small size and isolation limits their recreational capacity and makes them ecologically less valuable than large city and county parks. This manual is arranged around twelve topics that represent key questions, contradictions, or tensions in the design of small parks. Topics cover fundamental issues for urban parks, natural systems, and human aspects. Also included are useful case studies with alternative design solutions using three different approaches for integrating research findings into small urban park design.

ANN FORSYTH, PhD, MPIA, is Dayton Hudson Chair of Urban Design and Director of the Metropolitan Design Center at the University of Minnesota. Her publications include Constructing Suburbs: Competing Voices in a Debate Over Urban Growth and Reforming Suburbia: The Planned Communities of Irvine, Columbia, and The Woodlands.LAURA R. MUSACCHIO, PhD, ASLA, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and is on the research faculty in the Metropolitan Design Center at the University of Minnesota. She is also a research scientist in urban ecology with the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research project.

Acknowledgments
An Introduction to Small Parks
Overview of Park Planning and Design Concerns
Size, Shape, and Number
Connections and Edges
Appearance and Other Sensory Issues
Naturalness
Water
Plants
Wildlife
Climate and Air
Activities and Groups
Safety
Management
Public Involvement
Summary: Lessons About Small Parks
Design Examples
Taking Advantage of Stormwater Management in a New Suburban Area
Rehabilitating a Park for Community Revitalization
Renovating a Suburban Park for Water Quality and Active Recreation
Redefining the New Urban Town Square
Reusing a Vacant Lot in the Center City
Design Development Guidelines
Design Development Issues in Brief
Key Words
References
Index

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