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Small Change : About the Art of Practice and the Limits of Planning in Cities - Nabeel Hamdi

Small Change

About the Art of Practice and the Limits of Planning in Cities

Paperback Published: 9th January 2004
ISBN: 9781844070053
Number Of Pages: 184

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What exactly is 'small change'?

Build a bus stop in an urban slum and a vibrant community sprouts and grows around it - that is the power of small changes that have huge positive effects.

This book is an argument for the wisdom of the street, the ingenuity of the improvisers and the long-term, large-scale effectiveness of immediate, small-scale actions. Written by Nabeel Hamdi, the guru of urban participatory development and the master of the art, Small Change brings over three decades of experience and knowledge to bear on the question 'what is practice'?.

Through an easy-to-read narrative style, and using examples from the North and South, the author sheds light on this question and the issues that stem from it - issues relating to political context, the lessons of the 'informal city', and the pursuit of learning that challenges convention. The result is a comprehensive, yet imaginative, guide to the forms of knowledge, competencies and ways of thinking that are fundamental to skilful practice in urban development.

This is powerful, informed, critical and inspiring reading for practitioners in the field, students and teachers of urban development, those who manage international aid and everyone looking to build their community.

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"Small Change is a must have for the toolkit of every aspiring and practising planner, community leader, development worker and all others working for real, affordable progressive change in this new urban millennium."--Professor Lars Reutersward, Director of the Global Division, UN-HABITAT

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Forewordp. x
Introduction: Design, Emergence and Somewhere In-betweenp. xv
The Setting
Street Work and Dev-talk: Who Controls the Truth?p. 3
Encounters in Practice
Departures and Arrivalsp. 23
The Composting Bin: Looking for Startersp. 34
Power Points, Bullet Points and Waste Collectors: Learning from Precedentp. 37
Needs and Rights: Some Formal Planningp. 49
In Search of Community and the Structure of Placep. 58
The Bus Stop: Cultivating Communityp. 73
Pickers, Sorters and Tap Attendantsp. 77
The Pickle Jarsp. 84
Learning Practice
Plan-Analyse-Survey: Planning From Back to Frontp. 93
Governance and Networks: Organizing from Inside Outp. 107
Rigour and Relevance: It Can be Bothp. 116
Playing Games - Serious Gamesp. 130
Acronymsp. 142
Notes and Referencesp. 143
Indexp. 152
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ISBN: 9781844070053
ISBN-10: 1844070050
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 9th January 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1