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Public Space : Cambridge Series on Environment & Behavior - Stephen Carr

Public Space

Cambridge Series on Environment & Behavior

Paperback

Published: 17th May 1993
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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. Winner of the 1994 Merit Award of the American Society of Landscape Architects

'Amply filling its slot in the Environment and Behaviour series, this book examines the ways in which public places, whether ancient in Europe or deliberately designed in contemporary America, are actually used by the populace ... There is a lot to learn from carefully observed American experience.' Architectural Review 'Public Space is a valuable resource for anyone who delves into the complex subject of shared space in American cities ... At this time in history, when civic consciousness often seems foreign to the psyche of the contemporary city and a consensus for the ideal appears unreachable, Public Space confidently extolls the necessity and possibility for a commonly held regard for a rewarding and enriching public life.' Landscape Journal 'The evocative chapters gathered in Public Space conclude with a section on 'Making Public Space' that should be required reading for everyone participating in 'public infrastructure' - advocates, sponsors, designers, or managers.' Children's Environments

List of case studies
Series foreword
Preface
Public space and public life
Human dimensions of public space
Making public space
The authors
Bibliography
Name index
Subject index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521359603
ISBN-10: 0521359600
Series: Cambridge Series on Environment & Behavior
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 420
Published: 17th May 1993
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.45 x 20.19  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.82