The Experience of Travel
By Tony Hiss
Even a trip to the mailbox can be a voyage of discovery. See travel in a new light with acclaimed author Tony Hiss.
Published by APA Planners Press , 2012
Format: Paperback , 356 pp.
Quick order code: A00118
With a new foreword by Robert D. Yaro.
In 1990 The Experience of Place created a buzz in the planning community. Its award-winning author returns to planning themes with In Motion: The Experience of Travel, now in a paperback edition from APA Planners Press.
This intriguing book starts with the idea that travel gives us "open-sesame" moments when we suddenly see even familiar surroundings with fresh eyes. The experience — Hiss calls it Deep Travel — can happen whether we're on a trek through the Khyber Pass or a trip to the mailbox. With stories of his own journeys and passages from celebrated travel writers, he makes the transcendental experience come alive.
Simple techniques can unlock this hidden dimension, and planners can use these heightened perceptions to shape the built and natural environments. In Hiss's mind-opening account, ordinary landscapes — highways, train tracks, intersections — become as extraordinary as the first human settlements or the most dazzling and renowned streetscapes.
In Motion opens new paths of understanding for urban and regional planners, architects and landscape architects, and everyone else involved in creating transportation systems and public spaces. It's a journey worth taking.