Public Space

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This book reveals the social basis for public space use, design and management. The authors - an architect/environmental designer, a landscape architect, an environmental psychologist, and an open space administrator - offer a well-integrated perspective of how to integrate public space and public life. They contend that three critical human dimensions should guide the process of design and management of public space: the users' essential needs, their spatial rights, and the meanings they seek. To develop and explain these three dimensions, the authors draw on the history of public life and public space, evidence from recent social research, and a series of original case studies, all amply illustrated. Public Space offers an innovative approach for adapting the dimensions to the unique social and environmental context of each project.
 

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Contents

The nature of public life
22
Public space evolving
50
Human dimensions of public space
85
Boston City Hall Plaza Boston Massachusetts
88
Pershing Park Washington D C
95
Lovejoy and Forecourt Fountains Portland Oregon
104
Plaza of the Centre Georges Pompidou Paris France
110
Grand Street Waterfront Park Brooklyn New York
116
Public space meanings and connections
187
Boston Waterfront Park Boston
191
Haymarket Boston Massachusetts
200
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Washington D C
208
Times Square New York New York
215
Faneuil Hall Marketplace Boston Massachusetts
218
Making public space
241
Manteo Neighborhood and Waterfront Plan Manteo
250

Gas Works Park Seattle Washington
126
Rights in public space
137
Woonerf Delft The Netherlands
139
Bryant Park New York New York
146
Barretto Street Neighborhood Park New York New York
161
Tranehytten Adventure Playground Copenhagen
171
Grace Plaza New York New York
177
Downtown Washington Streets for People Washington
273
The process
292
Village Homes Community Playground Davis California
303
The future of public space
343
The authors
369
Name index
384
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