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

Designing Small Parks: A Manual for Addressing Social and Ecological Concerns
Author: 
Ann Forsyth and Laura R. Musacchio with Frank Fitzgerald
Publisher: 
Wiley
Publication Date: 
2005
ISBN: 
0–471–73680–5

hardcover, 205 p., $45.00

Focusing on the placement and design of small parks, the authors highlight the contribution of small parks to the quality of life in a community. They address both social and ecological concerns, which are often ignored by planners, yet are critical to the overall success of small public spaces. The book, easy to read and particularly well organized, deals first with overall design concerns, followed by design examples, and then guidelines. A striking feature of the text is a condensation of the work, which could be used as handouts for public meetings. An excellent glossary familiarizes the reader with current terminology in the field of urban design. Highly recommended for students, educators, planners, and the public, this book is a notable contribution to the field of landscape design and urban planning.

— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden

Volume: 
8
Number: 
6