Designing Sustainable Communities
Common Place is about how we can develop community and create convivial and sustainable places in the face of disjointed and fast-placed growth. It offers strategies for reclaiming and improving our neighborhoods and cities, which today are increasingly dominated by fear and disintegration and the automobile.
Design for Subdivisions:
A Practical Guide to Creating Open Space Networks
by Randall Arendt, Holly Harper, Natural Lands Trust
Cheers for Randall Arendt, et al. For years my government agency has been fighting a loosing battle in Florida with unmanaged and unfettered urban growth. It seemed as though nothing could stem the tide of urban sprawl until two things happened. One was an election of a more centralist government and the other was the introduction of "designing for conservation" into our policy making levels. This concept was brought into clear focus by Arendt's book. The authors not only presented a practical and economically sound guide for growth that can benefit developers, but the reference can act as a mechanism to help preserve the environmental cohesiveness of any community. The policy makers in our community were so impressed with this book that fifteen (15) copies were purchased to be placed into the hands of influential politicians, developers and regulatory agencies. Reviewer: A reader from Florida, 1999
Common Place is about how we can develop community and create convivial and sustainable places in the face of disjointed and fast-placed growth. It offers strategies for reclaiming and improving our neighborhoods and cities, which today are increasingly dominated by fear and disintegration and the automobile. Douglas Kelbaugh offers here a personal, passionate statement of how architecture and urban design can enrich our lives.
and Townmaking Principles
by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Alex Krieger, Will Lennertz
Toward an Architecture of Community
by Peter Katz, Vincent Scully
Reacting to yesterday's suburban sprawl and failed urban development, a coalition has formed of innovative architects, developers, and builders in what has become known as the "New Urbanism." This widely publicized movement seeks to bring back the basic amenities that make communities work: culturally diverse housing; easy access to work, play and schools; and efficient transportation.
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