Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities

Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities

Design Strategies for the Post-carbon World

Book - 2010
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Questions of how the design of cities can respond to the challenge of climate change dominate the thoughts of urban planners and designers across the U.S. and Canada. With admirable clarity, Patrick Condon responds to these questions. He addresses  transportation, housing equity, job distribution, economic development, and ecological systems issues and synthesizes his knowledge and research into a simple-to-understand set of urban design recommendations.

 

No other book so clearly connects the form of our cities to their ecological, economic, and social consequences. No other book takes on this breadth of complex and contentious issues and distills them down to such convincing and practical solutions.


Questions of how the design of cities can respond to the challenge of climate change dominate the thoughts of urban planners and designers across the U.S. and Canada. With admirable clarity, Patrick Condon responds to these questions. He addresses  transportation, housing equity, job distribution, economic development, and ecological systems issues and synthesizes his knowledge and research into a simple-to-understand set of urban design recommendations.

No other book so clearly connects the form of our cities to their ecological, economic, and social consequences. No other book takes on this breadth of complex and contentious issues and distills them down to such convincing and practical solutions.



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Architect and landscape architect Condon (landscape and livable environments, U. of British Columbia) offers advice to urban designers, policy makers, developers, regulators and citizen activists on ways to help their city weather the looming climate change. His introductory chapter traces changes in Western cities since the end of World War II, describes the problems that are emerging, and suggests reasons for hope. Then he details his seven rules: restore the streetcar city; design an interconnected street system; locate commercial services, frequent transit, and schools within a five-minute walk; locate good jobs close to affordable homes; provide a diversity of housing types; create a linked system of natural areas and parks; and invest in lighter, greener, cheaper, smarter infrastructure. He describes and illustrates examples and of right and wrong from across North America. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Washington, DC : Island Press, c2010
Description: xii, 200 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm
ISBN: 9781597266659
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9781597266505
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Branch Call Number: 307.12 Con

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nightdragon76
Jun 27, 2011

Every town councilor and city mayor in North America should read this book and keep a copy in the top drawer of thier desk!!

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