Designing Places for People and the Environment


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SpecificationsSKU: 90389Size: 8.5” x 10.5” Portrait Pages: 300 Binding: Trade Cloth Publication Date: Fall 2014 ISBN: 978-1-941806-43-2 World Rights: Available
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Part autobiography, part firm history and part a look at the future of urban design, Designing Places for People and the Environment addresses lessons learned from fifty five years of experience in urban design and planning from a personal perspective following the author’s formative education and work as an architect, Naval civil engineer and city planner before transitioning into landscape architecture where he grew into a leadership role as the first president of the SWA Group and shaped the firm as an employee owned group practice that over four decades has become a “world leader in landscape architecture, planning and urban design”.

More than just a monograph the book relates important developments in the firm and profession to major world events of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, using 35 case studies of his major work and portfolios of the firms iconic work over its entire history to date, and a “best practices” section detailing how the firm has developed business and professional practices that allow it to focus upon its people and work: planning, designing and building livable and environmentally sustainable cities and communities where people can live in dignity, health and happiness.


Kalvin Platt is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a city planner and landscape architect with degrees from the University of Florida and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He was the first President, then CEO and Chairman of the SWA Group, an award winning global Landscape Architectural firm.

Andrea Hansen is a Lecturer on Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and has degrees from Stanford University in Urban Studies and Civil Engineering, and joint Master’s Degrees in Architecture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 2 in

8.5” x 10.5” Portrait




Trade Cloth

Publication date

Fall 2014



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