Posted January 20, 1999
People Places: Design Guidelines for Urban Open Space
"People Places" analyzes and summarizes existing research on how urban open spaces are used, offering design professionals and students an easily understood guide to creating people-friendly places. Types of urban open space discussed include: urban plazas, neighborhood parks, miniparks and vest-pocket parks, campus outdoor spaces, and outdoor spaces for the elderly, child-care and hospitals.
Civic Wars: Democracy and Public Life in the American City During the 19th Century
"Civic Wars" explores the fate of public life and the emergence of ethnic, class and gender conflicts in the 19th century American city. Ryan analyzes events in three uniquely different cities -- New York, New Orleans and San Francisco -- to illustrate how city spaces were used, understood and fought over by a dazzling variety of social groups and political forces. Democratic exuberance, she argues, was damaged by the Civil War, after which the public order became "less public, less democratic and more visibly scarred by racial bigotry."
Disaster Hits Home: New Policy for Urban Housing Recovery
"Disaster Hits Home" examines the mechanisms used today to finance disaster recovery, with an emphasis on the destruction of housing caused by earthquakes and hurricanes. Through detailed case studies of housing losses and rebuilding efforts, she demonstrates that factors including scale and media visibility have fundamentally changed the dynamics of housing recovery.