RESOURCES

 

A healthy, dynamic, and inclusive city depends on the protection and promotion of what is collectively ours – parks, open space, libraries, museums, streetscapes, transportation, views, and other intangible resources like neighborhood character and access to light and air – upon which our quality of life depends.  How can we better safeguard and enhance these assets?  How can we ensure that all New Yorkers can share their benefits?

This reading list was assembled by MAS staff to provide some context to the discussions at the 2016 MAS Summit.  Many of the included items can be found in MAS's Greenacre Reference Library.

Please send your recommended additions to Joanna Crispe at jcrispe@mas.org.

 

BOOKS

Positioning Your Museum as a Critical Community Asset: A Practical Guide

Robert P. Connolly and Elizabeth A. Bollwerk

American Association for State and Local History, 2016

 

Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution

Janette Sadik-Khan and Seth Solomonow

Viking, 2016

 

Under the Elevated: Reclaiming Space, Connecting Communities

Caroline Bauer

Design Trust for Public Space, 2015

 

Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes

Robin Lynn and Francis Morrone

W.W. Norton and Company, 2013

 

Happy City: Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design

Charles Montgomery

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013

 

The Politics of Urban Beauty: New York & Its Art Commission

Michele Helene Bogart

University of Chicago Press, 2006

 

The Architecture of Literacy: the Carnegie Libraries of New York City

Mary B. Dierickx

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and the New York City Dept. of General Services, 1996

 

The Architecture of Public Justice: Historic Courthouses of the City of New York

Mary B. Dierickx

New York City Dept. of General Services, 1993


DOCUMENTS AND REPORTS

Shape Your Waterfront: How to Promote Access, Resiliency, and Ecology at the Water's Edge / Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines (WEDG)

Waterfront Alliance, 2016

http://waterfrontalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/delightful-downloads/2016/02/WEDG_Jan2016_Mid-Res.pdf

 

Downtown Rising: How Brooklyn Became a Model for Urban Development

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, 2016

http://wagner.nyu.edu/rudincenter/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Downtown-Rising.pdf

 

Roadmap for a 21st Century Times Square

Community Briefing Book for the Times Square Task Force, 2015

http://www.abettertimessquare.org/the-plan/

 

Re-Envisioning New York’s Branch Libraries

Center for an Urban Future, 2014

https://nycfuture.org/pdf/Re-Envisioning-New-Yorks-Branch-Libraries.pdf

 

Places for People: A Public Realm Vision Plan for East Midtown

New York City Department of Transportation and New York City Department of City Planning, 2013

http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/home/downloads/pdf/reports/2013/Public-Realm-Vision-Plan-East-Midtown.pdf

 

The Economics of Uniqueness: Investing in Historic City Cores and Cultural Heritage Assets for Sustainable Development

The World Bank, 2012

http://siteresources.worldbank.org/EXTSDNET/Resources/Economics_of_Uniqueness.pdf

 

People Make Parks: A How-To Guide for Participating in Park Design

Partnership for Parks and Hester Street Collaborative

http://peoplemakeparks.org/

http://peoplemakeparks.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/roadmap-10.03.01.pdf

 

Measuring the Street: New Metrics for 21st Century Streets

The New York City Department of Transportation

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/2012-10-measuring-the-street.pdf


ARTICLES

The Important Difference between a Public Space and a 'Common'

http://www.citylab.com/politics/2013/07/sustainability-and-urban-commons/6200/

 

Delivering Transportation Infrastructure through Public-Private Partnerships: Planning Concerns

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01944360903329295

 

Occupy Wall Street Protest Poses a Public-Private Conundrum

http://www.citylab.com/politics/2011/09/site-wall-street-protest-public-private-conundrum/219/

 

Who Really Owns Public Spaces?

http://www.citylab.com/design/2014/06/who-really-owns-public-spaces/373612/

 

Public Libraries and Economic Development

http://www.onthecommons.org/public-libraries-and-economic-development

 

For Disaster Preparedness: Pack a Library Card?

http://www.npr.org/2013/08/12/210541233/for-disasters-pack-a-first-aid-kit-bottled-water-and-a-library-card

 

A New Role for Local Libraries and Museums

http://www.instituteccd.org/news/5016

 

Eleven Principles for Creating Great Community Places

http://www.pps.org/reference/11steps/