People & Places
by John R. Myer and Margaret H. Myer
Connections between the Inner and Outer Landscape
This book explores the connections between people and places. The unique perspective that arises out of the co-authors' separate backgrounds as architect and licensed social worker provides a groundbreaking treatise on the effects of place on people.
Through the study of what makes a person, drawing on Erikson's work, the book explores our early and lifelong needs and then relates these needs to places. It shows how places and people are tied together by describing the design process of three different types of places. Finally, it looks to the present state of place making, its precedents from the past, and the rapid cultural changes that leave us without precedents for the postindustrial electronic age. The Myers suggest that, as we look to the future, we need to value the past so we can make harmonious and continuous communities that are places for people in the future.
This book was written for those engaged in making places - urban planners, housewives, architects, politicians, builders, students, or simply those people who want to understand their deep connection to a place or places.
About the Authors
John R. Myer was born in Boston, Massachusetts. After serving in the Air Force, he entered Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating in 1952 with a bachelor's degree in architecture. From 1952 to 1954 John and his wife Margaret, studied and worked in Italy. Margaret H. Myer was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and graduated from Wellesley College in 1950. She received her master's degree in social work and worked in child psychiatry at Tufts New England Medical Center, where she was Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. She became a lecturer on psychology at Harvard Medical School while working at Cambridge Hospital and developing a private practice. The Myers retired to New Hampshire in 1996, built a house and barn, and began collaborating on this book.
$20.00, 88 pages, 155 illustrations, color, cloth, 11" x 11"
Visit the authors' Web site. Also available from UPNE