...a very good small book about large parks...The essays all make substantial contributions in the areas of sustainability, public/private dominance, place, legibility and resilience, furthering the broader discussion of how to comprehend the designer's role in these vast tracts of land. -- Azure, October 2007
"In Large Parks, Julia Czerniak and George Hargreaves present eight essays by leading scholars and practitioners that engage large urban parks in depth as complex cultural spaces where key issues of landscape discourse, ecological challenges, social history, uban relations, and place-making are writ large. From historic parks such as New Yorks Central Park and Pariss Bois de Boulogne to contemporary projects such as Torontos Downsview Park and Staten Islands Fresh Kills" --Harvard Design Magazine
"(Large Parks) throws a wide net, including a range of green lungs at least 500 acres, whether on landfills, along formerly derelict waterfronts, or at decomissioned air fields. " --Architect
Julia Czerniak is founder and principal of the landscape design practice CLEAR. She is an associate professor of architecture at Syracuse University and is the editor of Downsview Park Toronto.
George Hargreaves is a professor of landscape architectureat the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he was chairman of the Department of Landscape Architecture from 1996 to 2003.