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Envisioning Better Communities : Seeing More Options, Making Wiser Choices - Randall Arendt

Envisioning Better Communities

Seeing More Options, Making Wiser Choices

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"Few activities affect more powerfully the quality of life than the elementary design of our communities and the way they are blended with the natural environment. Randall Arendt has provided the rules to combine this vision with attainable goals."---E.O. Wilson, Harvard University

"This is precisely the kind of tool local planners need. Most of us know in our gut what kind of communities we'd like to live in; this helps make it clearer what needs to happen for those wishes to come true."---Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Deep Economy

"This book is the equal of Christopher Alexander's A Pattern Language. Schools of planning and design will flock to have this."---Jon Rodiek. Texas A&M, editor, Landscape & Urban Planning

"Local officials, planners, developers, and interested citizens will find a true cornucopia of practical ideas for helping their communities grow with sense and grace. This book is an extremely useful ready-reference."---Judy Corbett, executive director, Local Government Commission

Randall Arendt's work has shaped a generation of planners, designers, and landscape architects. Here, he brings his insights to a broader public, with a profusely illustrated demonstration of how local officials, planning commissioners, developers, building owners, and citizens can make their communities more attractive, more habitable, and more sustainable.

In side-by-side comparisons of similar places and kinds of buildings, Arendt shows that we need not live amid sprawling, characterless visual blight. Simple design choices and enlightened municipal and private-sector decisions can have tremendous impacts on the quality of our communities.

Written in a clear, nontechnical style, this book creates a sense of hope for those who face the everyday challenges of working with developers, space users, ordinances, and landowners to create places that make economic, environmental, and aesthetic sense. Arendt shows us that with diligence, thoughtfulness, and care, we can make our communities better in countless ways.

Few activities affect more powerfully the quality of life than the elementary design of our communities and the way they are blended with the natural environment. Randall Arendt has provided the rules to combine this vision with attainable goals. -E. O. Wilson, Harvard University Local officials and planners, in addition to developers and interested citizens, will find a true cornucopia of practical ideas for helping their communities grow with sense and grace. This book will become an extremely useful ready-reference to practitioners in towns and counties on both sides of the metro-edge, whether dealing with new sites or infill and redevelopment. -Judy Corbett, Executive Director, Local Government Commission Envisioning Better Communities reminds me of Christopher Alexander's Pattern Language, and I believe it is equal to that work. The well-constructed and easily understood procedures, logic, and graphics will appeal to a wide audience. Schools of planning and design will flock to have this in their libraries and studios. -Jon Rodiek, Texas A&M University; editor, Landscape & Urban Planning This is precisely the kind of tool local planners need. Most of us know in our gut what kind of communities we'd like to live in; this helps make it clearer what needs to happen for those wishes to come true. -Bill McKibben

1. Balancing Development and Conservation through Community-wide Planning 2. Conservation Subdivision Designi? Recommended Procedures 3. Residential Neighborhood Design Principles 4. Improving Downtown Appearance and Viability 5. Transforming Highway Commercial Strips into Mixed Use Centers 6. Conclusion: Where to Go from Here

ISBN: 9781932364811
ISBN-10: 1932364811
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 16th June 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 25.4  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.82
Edition Number: 1