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Common Place: Toward Neighborhood and Regional Design (Samuel and Althea Stroum Book)
Common Place is about how we can develop community and create convivial and sustainable places in the face of disjointed and fast-paced growth. It offers strategies for reclaiming and repairing our neighborhoods and cities, which today are increasingly dominated by fear and disintegration and the automobile. Kelbaugh looks at New Urbanism, Urban Villages,...
Common Place is about how we can develop community and create convivial and sustainable places in the face of disjointed and fast-paced growth. It offers strategies for reclaiming and repairing our neighborhoods and cities, which today are increasingly dominated by fear and disintegration and the automobile. Kelbaugh looks at New Urbanism, Urban Villages, Pedestrian Pockets, and Transit-Oriented Development -- concepts which he helped pioneer. Bridging academic theory and on-the-ground practice, Common Place is an indispensable book for designers, planners, city officials, developers, environmentalists, and citizens interested in understanding and shaping the American metropolis."Common Place is written with such exquisite clarity and confidence, it is easy to overlook that Doug Kelbaugh is arguing for nothing less than a fundamental reconsideration of contemporary American planning." -- Don Prowler, Princeton University"This is two books in one. One is the most sophisticated presentation of the New Urbanism to be found anywhere. The other describes the most remarkable series of charrettes ever applied to a city. There isn't much more that a modern planner needs to know." -- Andres Duany, co-founder, Congress for the New Urbanism"Doug Kelbaugh has a sparkle in his eye and a vision in his heart, but dirt under his fingernails. He is a scholar and a dreamer, but also a builder. Common Place defines the cutting edge of urban design in the real world." -- Denis Hayes, President and CEO, Bullitt Foundation, and founder of Earth Day"Many of the book's ideas have already been influential in the Seattle area. For designers and planners elsewhere, Common Place represents a valuable contribution towards development of a sustainable design vision." -- Stephen Wheeler, The Urban Ecologist"With an aim at interactive, creative physical designs for neighborhood, city, and region, this is a book every politician, citizen in an urban action group, and corporate manager should possess. For environmental design courses at academic institutions, it provides proactive and universal design methodologies using the great Seattle region as a laboratory." -- Donald Leslie Johnson, University of South Australia"There are, unfortunately, very few architects around who can touch as many bases as Doug Kelbaugh, with such authority. When you add to that his commitment to, and knowledge of, his local venue, you have a rare and potent mixture." -- Alan J. Plattus, Yale University, coeditor of Architecture and UrbanismDouglas Kelbaugh, is Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. He is former principal in Kelbaugh, Calthorpe & Associates of Seattle and Kelbaugh & Lee of Princeton, New Jersey. His design work has won more than two dozen design awards and has been published in over 100 books and periodicals.
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