Making Places for People explores twelve social questions in environmental design. Authors Christie Johnson Coffin and Jenny Young bring perspectives from practice and teaching to challenge assumptions about how places meet human needs. The book reveals deeper complexities in addressing basic questions, such as: What is the story of this place? What logic orders it? How big is it? How sustainable is it? Providing an overview of a growing body of knowledge about people and places, Making Places for People stimulates curiosity and further discussion. The authors argue that critical understanding of the relationships between people and their built environments can inspire designs that better contribute to health, human performance, and social equity-bringing meaning and delight to people's lives.
Christie Johnson Coffin practices architecture in the Western United States and internationally in Taiwan, India, and Nicaragua, with a focus on social design for health-care and research laboratory buildings. Her university teaching includes the University of California, Berkeley, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California Polytechnic University, and the University of Oregon. She is the co-author of Changing Hospital Environments for Children. Jenny Young teaches design and human factors in design. Her research on small town development focuses on the roles public buildings play in town stability and vitality. Her architectural practice includes consulting on schools, libraries, clinics, and designing residential projects. She is Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon.
Acknowledgements Introduction 1. What is the story of this place? 2. Whose place is this? 3. Where is this place? 4. How big is this place? 5. What logic orders this place? 6. Does this place balance community and privacy? 7. What makes this place useful? 8. Does this place support health? 9. What makes this place sustainable? 10. Who likes this place? 11. What evidence is there that this place will work? 12. Does this place foster social equity? Afterword Bibliography Index