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By Alan Tate, Marcella Eaton

Nice urban Parks is a party of a few of the best achievements of panorama structure within the public realm. it's a comparative research of thirty major public parks in significant towns throughout Western Europe and North the United States. jointly, they provide a transparent photo of why parks were created, how they've been designed, how they're controlled, and what plans are being made for them in the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Based on distinctive learn together with huge website visits and interviews with the coping with organizations, this booklet is illustrated all through with transparent plans and photographs– with this new version that includes complete color all through. Tate updates his seminal 2001 paintings with 10 extra parks, together with: The excessive Line in NYC, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam. the entire past urban parks have additionally been up-to-date and revised to mirror present utilization and management.

This e-book displays a trust that good deliberate, good designed and good controlled parks and park platforms will proceed to make significant contributions to the standard of existence in an more and more urbanized international.

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11  St James’s Park, London (35 hectares / 86 acres) place of St, James’s and Regent’s Parks, London 1  Regent’s Park 2  Park sq. and Park Crescent 3  Portland position 4  Langham position 5  Oxford Circus 6  Regent highway 7  Piccadilly Circus 8  Charing pass 9  Carlton residence Terrace 10  Green Park 11  Buckingham Palace 12  The Mall 13  St James’s Park advent regardless of its situation on the center of 1 of the world’s so much brilliant towns, St James’s Park is quintessentially a bucolic panorama. significantly redesigned in 1827, it represents an incredible step within the improvement of ‘the park’ in England from deepest rural estates to public amenities. even supposing no longer publicly owned, St James’s Park used to be ‘probably the 1st English city park to be laid out completely for public use’ (Chadwick 1966: 30). It as a result occupies a pivotal place within the evolution of western panorama layout from ‘landscape gardening’ for personal estates to ‘landscape structure’ for public (and deepest) consumers. 1 The park was once designed by way of John Nash (1752–1835) – whose land-scape designs have been strongly encouraged by way of Humphry Repton (1752–1818). It presents an important transition from the paintings of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown (1716–83) and the ‘English panorama flow’ through Repton to Joseph Paxton (1803–65) at Birkenhead and from there, despite the fact that ultimately, to the paintings of Frederick legislation Olmsted (1822–1903) in ny and Boston. St James’s Park contains detailed components – the ceremonial outer parts and the romantic internal zone. The extra formal outer half, quite The Mall working among Buckingham Palace and Admiralty Arch, is a spotlight for British nationwide pageantry. 2 The bowl-shaped, 23-hectare internal half is a figure-of-eight circuit round and throughout an extended skinny lake with islands in the direction of both finish. The adventure of either components of the park is heightened by means of the interaction of mature deciduous timber with a skyline of significant nationwide structures – Buckingham Palace to the west and Whitehall and the homes of Parliament to the east. including eco-friendly Park, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens it varieties a kind of contiguous sequence of parks, aligned extensively east–west, round which London accelerated sooner than and through the eighteenth century. the opposite relevant Royal Parks, Regent’s Park (Chapter 19) and Primrose Hill, are a few kilometres to the north. Regent’s Park used to be intentionally associated with St James’s Park via the Prince Regent (later King George IV) via Nash’s layout for Regent road and Portland position (see plan opposite). This extraordinary piece of city layout and radical piece of shipping making plans created a north–south path around the predominantly east–west alignment of roads at the west part of London. The six relevant and the 3 outer Royal Parks (Greenwich Park, Richmond Park and Bushey Park) are nonetheless owned through the ‘Crown’ – the reigning British monarch – yet are maintained for public use through money principally – yet not at all completely – from the nationwide executive.

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