Tony Hiss's lively book takes a considered look at a variety of landscapes, from New York's Central Park to the Great Plains, and points out why the design of some places gives us the creeps, while that of others liberates our senses. Hiss suggests how cities and suburbs can be shaped to keep (or rediscover) their connection to the natural landscape, and, more important, how--for once--our expansion into a place need not mean its destruction. There's much food for thought in The Experience of Place, and a dozen starting points for the reinhabitation our lands require.
Elements of environmentalism and urban and regional planning inform Hiss's on-site responses to Manhattan landmarks, Maine's north woods, Great Britain's protected landscapes and Frankfurt's open spaces. "His revelatory odyssey is an invitation to stop, look, linger--and preserve what is life-enhancing in the environment," said PW. Illustrated.
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Too bad the title was wasted on this one. Don't bother reading this unless you want to read long, drawn-out exposition of efforts at preserving various farms and wilderness in the... Read morePublished on December 29, 2002 by David C. Thornton