Dana H. Taplin is an environmental psychologist with a background in urban planning, has an interest in the history, design, uses, and meanings of public space. Dr. Taplin has conducted research on rail trails, urban parks, schoolyard playgrounds, and heritage landscapes. His work investigates how the histories of public spaces figure in their present day uses and meanings and how different stakeholders struggle to define authentic interpretations of historical significance. Dr. Taplin has collaborated with the other authors for over twenty years in the field research and on conference talks and writings, including an earlier book, Rethinking Urban Parks. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
Suzanne Scheld, Ph.D. is a cultural anthropologist at California State University, Northridge. She has a background in urban anthropology and an interest in social hierarchies, history, and the politics of public space in the U.S. and in West Africa. Dr. Scheld has extensive training and experience conducting applied and theoretic ethnographic research. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Urban Anthropology, Globalization, Space and Place, and Gender and Anthropology. She is currently the chair of the Department of Anthropology and the Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Studies of Africa Minor’s Program at CSUN, and the president-elect of the Society for National, Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA), a section of the American Anthropological Association. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
Setha Low is currently the Professor of Environmental Psychology, Geography, Anthropology, and Women’s Studies, and Director of the Public Space Research Group at The Graduate Center, City University of New York where she teach courses and trains Ph.D. students in the anthropology of space and place, urban anthropology, the anthropology of the body, and cultural values in historic preservation. Her most recent book is Spatializing Culture (2017). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
Human-Centered Built Environment Heritage Preservation: Theory and Evidence-Based Practice
Conservation and the
Ethnographic Perspectives from
Jones Beach State Park
Dana H. Taplin, SuzanneScheld, and Setha Low
Built in the 1920s under the direction of the legendary urban planner and “power broker” Robert...
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