Urban Open Space: Designing for User Needs
Mark Francis, FASLA
Successful public spaces respond to the needs of their users, are democratic in their accessibility, and are meaningful for the larger community and society. While numerous publications offer fragments of research on user needs and conflicts in open space, this Land and Community Design Case Study integrates all this knowledge and makes it available to professionals, students, and researchers. Mark Francis draws on archival research, published case studies, site visits, and interviews with scholars, designers, facility managers, and open space users. He gleans significant findings and design implications related to user needs and conflicts and synthesizes them into an accessible and useful document. Urban Open Space identifies critical user needs and guidelines for addressing these needs in the planning, design, and management of public spaces.