Anatomy of a Park (AOAP) has had a long and successful career. First published in 1971, it was originally a series of lectures by Albert Rutledge to Parks and Recreation students aiming at careers in Park Management and Administration. I was the illustrator and case study developer of the first edition. I’ve continued as the illustrator and became the author for the subsequent editions (1986, 2003).
The purpose of those original lectures and the resulting book was to build a bridge between the designers of parks and the users of parks. Our goal was to explain our profession as landscape architects to people who would represent park users, administer park systems, and who would hire the design professionals who would bring the parks to life. This new update, Edition IV, provides new information as a supplement to the timeless resource. What follows is a sneak peak at the updates and plans for the new edition.