Current patterns of land use and development are at once socially, economically, and environmentally destructive. Sprawling low-density development literally devours natural landscapes while breeding a pervasive sense of social isolation and exacerbating a vast array of economic problems. As more and more counties begin to look more and more the same, hope for a different future may seem to be fading. But alternatives do exist.
The Ecology of Place, Timothy Beatley and Kristy Manning describe a world in which land is consumed sparingly, cities and towns are vibrant and green, local economies thrive, and citizens work together to create places of eduring value. They present a holistic and compelling approach to repairing and enhancing communities, introducing a vision of "sustainable places" that extends beyond traditional architecture and urban design to consider not just the physical layout of a development but the broad set of ways in which communities are organized and operate. Chapters examine:
The authors address a variety of policy and development issues that affect a community -- from its economic base to its transit options to the ways in which its streets and public spaces are managed -- and examine the wide range of programs, policies, and creative ideas that can be used to turn the vision of sustainable places into reality.
The Ecology of Place is a timely resource for planners, economic development specialists, students, and citizen activists working toward establishing healthier and more sustainable patterns of growth and development.
|The New Planning Agenda||p. 1|
|Envisioning Sustainable Places||p. 27|
|Principles of Urban Form||p. 40|
|The Ecology of Place||p. 86|
|Building a Restorative Economy||p. 137|
|The Civic Community||p. 171|
|Getting There from Here: Starting Points and Future Directions||p. 194|
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Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 1st December 1997
Publisher: ISLAND PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3 x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 2