The New Urbanism: Toward an Architecture of Community

The New Urbanism: Toward an Architecture of CommunityAuthor(s): Peter Katz, Vincent Scully

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

ISBN: 70338892

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245 pages December 1993

An exploration of new suburban communities and neighborhoods on the edge of the 21st century.

The New Urbanism is a movement that seeks to restore a civil realm to urban planning and a sense of place to our communities. It is a tangible response to the failed Modernist planning that has resulted in unchecked suburban sprawl, slavish dependence on the automobile, and the abandonment and decay of our cities. Katz, who heads a marketing and design firm, brings together in this informative and accessible book the voices and case studies of the young architects and planners who practice the New Urbanism–Peter Calthorpe, Andres Duany, and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, among them. They gear their designs to the scale of the pedestrian and seek to promote a symbiotic relationship between urban development and public transportation. An often published example of this movement is the community of Seaside, Florida. Extensively illustrated with plans, diagrams, and color photographs and renderings, this highly instructive book is a must for architecture and urban planning collections, and suitable for general readers.
– Thomas P.R. Nugent, New York
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Table of Contents:

I. Introduction;

II. Examples of the New Urbanism:

  • Satellite Towns;
  • New Towns on the Edge;
  • Urban Insertions;
  • Urban Reconstruction;
  • Regional Plan, Policy Studies;

III. Appendix, Reference Material. Index. 11 x 8 1/2. 500 illustrations.

Eco-City Dimensions: Healthy Communities Healthy Planet

Cover, Eco-City Dimensions : Healthy Communities Healthy Planet Author(s): Mark Roseland (Editor)

Publisher: New Society Pub

ISBN: 0865713537

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Eco-City Dimensions : Healthy Communities Healthy Planet

Hardcover January 1997

Eco-City Dimensions demonstrates that movement is definitely under way toward implementing the vision of eco-cities, and that citizen organizations and municipal officials around the world are initiating creative solutions to harsh social and environmental challenges. Eco-City Dimensions honors the crucial role that cities play in planetary health, while presenting a variety of inspiring proposals for improving communities to meet the challenge of sustainability.

Many critical global environmental concerns are rooted at the local level, in the cities in which most of us live. It follows that local communities may well offer the brightest promise for solving a variety of these pressing world-scale problems. In Eco-City Dimensions, more than a dozen contributors tackle issues of ecological economics and community design, collaborative housing and traffic restraint programs, governance and resource management, cross-cultural dynamics and community participation, indicators of success and overcoming barriers to change. With examples from the United States, Canada, northern Europe, Australia and New Zealand, these thought-provoking and stimulating essays reveal a wealth of wisdom and talent being brought to bear on securing a sustainable future for us all.

Resource Guide for Creating Successful Communities; A Guidebook to Growth Management Strategies

Resource Guide for Creating Successful Communities; A Guidebook to Growth Management StrategiesAuthor(s): Michael A. Mantell, Stephen F. Harper, Luther Propst

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1559630310

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Resource Guide for Creating Successful Communities; A Guidebook to Growth Management Strategie

Developed to assist users of Creating Successful Communities, the Resource Guide for Creating Successful Communities includes a detailed outline of the many tax benefits of private land conservation; examples of ordinances covering all land types, articles of incorporation, bylaws, and easements; and a glossary of growth management tools.

Paperback, 210 pages
Publication date: January 1990

Booknews, Inc. , 10/01/90:
Developed for civic activists, policymakers, and planners, this useful volume gives practical guidelines for developing workable action plans for restoring distinctiveness and livability to communities, and provides strategies for effective participation in growth-management decisionmaking. It includes profiles of communities that are already putting growth-management strategies to work. Produced by The Conservation Foundation. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or. SEE ALSO: Creating Sucessful Communities.

The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream

Cover, The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream Author(s): Peter Calthorpe

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

ISBN: 1878271687

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Paperback, 175 pages
Publication date: June 1993

Art and Architecture Editor’s Recommended Book, 04/01/97:
One of the foremost practitioners of New Urbanism, Peter Calthorpe, an urban designer and architect based in Berkeley, California, offers one of the most coherent and persuasive arguments for moving the United States away from sprawl and toward more compact, mixed-use, economically diverse, and ecologically sound communities. This book presents 24 of Calthorpe’s regional urban plans, in which towns are organized so that residents can be less dependent upon their cars and can walk, bike, or take public transportation between work, school, home, and shopping. This book is not just for architects and urban planners, but for all concerned citizens interested in developing a cohesive, feasible vision of the sustainable city of the future.

Booknews, Inc. , 02/01/94:
Advocates a fundamental change in patterns of building to respond to the growth crisis in US metropolitan regions. Defines a new direction, and provides guidelines–not an architectural manifesto or utopian proposal, but the alternatives currently shaping debate regarding housing, traffic, and environmental and social problems. Describes numerous real projects from various regions. Abundantly illustrated. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

The publisher , 06/28/96:
California-based architect and planner Peter Calthorpe has moved beyond suburb bashing and published an intelligent, coherent vision of humane, walkable, ecologically sound cities that could shape American development into the 21st century. The Next American Metropolis is equal parts polemic, practical how-to guidelines, and personal portfolio.–Robert Gerloff, Utne Reader Passionate and practical, holistic and plain speaking, as good a summary of the many problematic and interwoven dimensions of sprawl as has recently appeared….The polemic flirts with, but stops short of, apocalyptic projection, reverting instead to common sense persuasiveness…. [Calthorpe has] led a courageous, lonely insurgency against the sheer banality of much contemporary suburban planning.–Alex Krieger, International Contract