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Designing Small Parks: A Manual for Addressing Social and Ecological Concerns

ISBN: 978-0-471-73680-6
224 pages
October 2005
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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.
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Acknowledgments.

An Introduction to Small Parks.

Overview of Park Planning and Design Concerns.

1: Size, Shape, and Number.

2: Connections and Edges.

3: Appearance and Other Sensory Issues.

4: Naturalness.

5: Water.

6: Plants.

7: Wildlife.

8: Climate and Air.

9: Activities and Groups.

10: Safety.

11: Management.

12: Public Involvement.

Summary: Lessons About Small Parks.

Design Examples.

Example 1: Taking Advantage of Stormwater Management in a New Suburban Area.

Example 2: Rehabilitating a Park for Community Revitalization.

Example 3: Renovating a Suburban Park for Water Quality and Active Recreation.

Example 4: Redefining the New Urban Town Square.

Example 5: Reusing a Vacant Lot in the Center City.

Design Development Guidelines.

Design Development Issues in Brief.

Key Words.

References.

Index.

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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.

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  • The only manual to offer social and ecological guidelines for designing small parks
  • Guidelines offer immediate access to critical information for any project
  • Issue sheets offer one- and two-page summaries that can be delivered to clients and other involved parties
  • Over a hundred drawings and photographs provide an extensive visual resource
  •  Provides up-to-date scientific research to back up the design proposals and guidelines
  • Five conceptual design examples provide multiple solutions to design issues using the guidelines in the book

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