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Constructing Gardens, Cultivating The City: Paris’S New Parks, 1977-1995 (Penn Studies In Landscape Architecture)

Constructing Gardens, Cultivating The City: Paris’S New Parks, 1977-1995 (Penn Studies In Landscape Architecture)

ISBN-13: 9781512823851
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This book focuses on the five spaces whose designs best illustrate changes to park development practices, theoretical debates, and public perceptions in their shared time and place (1977-1995). These parks appear different from each other in many ways. The Parc de Bercy and Parc André-Citroën are four times as large as the Jardin Atlantique and Jardin des Halles. The Coulée verte, constructed from four kilometers of railroad right-of-way, inaugurated a new typology for parks. Different people, in teams composed of artists, landscape architects, architects, and urbanists, designed each park. Visually, their appearances vary widely, from the traditional details and naturalistic plantings of the Promenade plantée to formal gardens and modernist or postmodernist features in the Parc de Bercy, Parc André-Citroën, and Jardin Atlantique. Despite these differences, they all share a family resemblance thanks to the late twentieth-century Parisian context within which they were built. In this book, each park serves to illustrate a different facet of this cultural and historical context. In each park, gardened space crystallized debates about urban planning, the historic city, public space, and nature's presence in an urban setting. As these debates unfolded, they influenced planners, designers, and the everyday urban environment--


  • | Author: Amanda Shoaf Vincent
  • | Publisher: University Of Pennsylvania Press
  • | Publication Date: May 16, 2023
  • | Number of Pages: 304 pages
  • | Language: English
  • | Binding: Hardcover
  • | ISBN-10: 1512823856
  • | ISBN-13: 9781512823851
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