Great City Parks
By Alan Tate
Published May 14th 2004 by Taylor & Francis – 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 book is an excellent resource for any student, academic or practitioner who wants to understand the significant trends in the history, theory, and form of urban parks and their role in the 21st-Century city. It is my fervent hope that Tate continues his research and publishes another volume that picks up some of the parks he was forced to forego. Great City Parks is a welcome new addition to the scholarly literature on urban parks and their form, role, and function in the city of today and tomorrow. - Landscape Architecture, August 2002
'This marvellous book screams to be read. Well-researched and beautifully presented.' Landscape Design
'Great City Parks will appeal to a wide range of readers. It offers inspiration to students and practitioners and will be indispensable as a resource for describing and justifying specific elements and attributes of new parks and public spaces to clients, potential users and funders.' 'RUDI'
'Makes laypersons and public officials appreciate the importance of urban parks.' - Topos
'A must for any academic landscape or planning library…Any serious student of city park design (park manager, landscape architect or politician) should read this book.' Robert Holden, University of Greenwich, UK
'It should be on the shelves of all serious landscape, urban design and city planning offices.' - The Architect's Journal
'The text is highly informed, well organized, and filled with useful insights and details … this is an extremely useful reference work for landscape architects and planners as well as others with a serious interest in urban park.' CHOICE
'Gives us the goods, provides the case studies, and effectively silences the pessimists in this country who complain that public space costs too much and, besides, people prefer to burrow into underground concourses or above ground skywalks anyway.' The Globe and Mail
'This book is an excellant resource for any student, academic, or practitioner who wants to understand the significant trends in the history, theory, and form of urban parks and role in the 21st century city.' - Landscape Architecture
'Great City Parks is a welcome new addition to the scholarly literature on urban parks and their form, role and function in the city of today and tomorrow.' - Landscape Architecture,
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