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Designing Parks : Berlin's Park am Gleisdreieck or the Art of Creating Lively Places, Paperback / softback Book

Designing Parks : Berlin's Park am Gleisdreieck or the Art of Creating Lively Places Paperback / softback


Examination of the role that public parks can play in society, with particular reference to the Park am Gleisdreieck in Berlin. Landscape architecture can be more than aesthetically innovative: it can contribute to integration in society, social stability, and a vibrant public life.

But how does a park become an intensively used stage, a well-visited everyday location?

What constitutes the 'boon of life' (Jane Jacobs)? And what makes a park urban?The Park am Gleisdreieck in Berlin - developed between 2007 and 2014 - was initiated by citizens and built in dialogue with them.

This publication presents the principles underlying his design.

They form a toolbox for big city parks that can be used in diverse ways, stimulate interaction, and appeal to the senses.

Furthermore, the book situates the Park within the contemporary work of landscape architecture and shows how visitors perceive the park and its atmospheres.

Overall, this work lays out the design elements that model a successful citizens' park in the twenty-first century: Many voices have contributed to its development; its design is dynamically complex, and the park invites change and appropriation.




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