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Building Communities Through Public Space
There are infinite ways to build a community,yet the defining feature of any community ischaracteristically the landscape. Whether itis a park, a river corridor, community gardens,a plaza or a streetscape, the publicspaces where people interact provide ashared sense of ownership, and the qualitiesof these spaces influence how the communitiesevolve.In a systematic overview, following the workflowsequence of open space projects, thebook explores the various types and levels ofintervention: from masterplanning to guerillagardening and from land reclamation tobuilding in existing fabric. Case studiesmostly from North America, Europe and Asiaaccompany the introductory essays. The emphasisis on strategies of interaction betweenlandscape projects, building developmentand urban planning, resulting inneighborhoods and city quarters that offer ahigher quality of life.Beyond trendy theories on landscape urbanismor landscape infrastructure, this bookoffers an unideological view on the pragmaticpotentials of landscape design for enhancingthe built environment.
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