Great City Parks
By Alan Tate
Taylor & Francis – 2004 – 224 pages
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 twenty significant public parks in fourteen 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 professional photographs for each park. This book reflects a belief that well-planned, well-designed and well-managed parks remain invaluable components of liveable and hospitable cities.
'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
Introduction. Paley Park, New York. Village of Yorkville Park. Toronto. Freeway Park, Seattle. Bryant Park, New York. Parc de Bercy, Paris. Parc Andre-Citroen, Paris. Parc des Butte-Chaumont. Parc de la Villette. Parque Maria Luisa, Seville. Birkenhead Park; Regent's Park, London. Grant Park, Chicago. Stadtpark, Hamburg. Landschaftspark, Duisburg-Nord. Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York. Tiergarten, Berlin. Central Park, New York. Stanley Park, Vancouver; Amsterdam Bos Park. Minneapolis Park System. Reflections. Endnotes. Backword.