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Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature

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Written by the chair of the LEED-Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) initiative, "Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature" is both an urgent call to action and a comprehensive introduction to "sustainable urbanism"--the emerging and growing design reform movement that combines the creation and enhancement of walkable and diverse places with the need to build high-per ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by John Wiley & Sons
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Dec 25, 2009 Doug added it
I earned the equivalent of a PhD writing this book.
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Nov 01, 2014 Michael Lewyn rated it really liked it
This book is a well-done and detailed guide on how to make new communities pedestrian-friendly while reducing energy consumption- in other words, a combination of new urbanism and environmentalism. What makes this book unusual is that Farr sets out quantitative criteria that architects and planners can use in creating and evaluating projects. The downside of this high level of detail is that the book is sufficiently technical that (unlike, say, Andres Duany's Suburban Nation) it is not for the c ...more
Apr 10, 2015 Will rated it it was amazing
Shelves: activism
If you want to see an urban future that is sustainable, healthier, and socially conscious, read this book. Farr highlights the wonderful designs and ideas that are currently being developed to show how communities could be revitalized, carbon-neutral, respectful of natural habitats, energy-independent, flood-free, and job-creating. Bravo to Farr for compiling a handbook that outlines how developed nations can cut consumption and ameliorate climate change while improving public health and happine ...more
Sep 13, 2015 Aviva rated it really liked it
Although I don't agree with all of the hot points in Farr's book, I think a lot of the principles of designing with our natural environment in mind was illustrated well. I originally borrowed it from the library and then went out and purchased a copy for my urban planning collection. I would recommend to add it to your collection!
Sep 04, 2011 Jay rated it really liked it
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This is like a compendium of good practices, with everything from sustainable streetscapes to building infrastructure all brought together in one place. Amazing resources to have, but dense. A bit like a career of learning packed into one book.
Apr 01, 2009 Ryan added it
A fact filled book on how we can create more sustainable places. Reads more like a text book, but contains loads of useful information, examples and sources for further study.
Jul 13, 2009 Elena rated it liked it
Shelves: sustainability
This is the book project I managed. It only gets 3 starts since it was painful to create. But it's actually really interesting, albeit slightly dated by now.
Mar 28, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
This book is the solution to the New Urban/Landscape Urban debate, and it was around before Landscape Urbanism rose to prominence.
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Nov 16, 2009 Elma Felix rated it it was amazing
I'm OBSESSED with my job! This book written by Doug Farr, makes my work simpler....It's really a conversation piece! Go Green! :)
Sep 08, 2009 Paul rated it it was ok
Written by one of the people developing the LEED-ND standard. Mostly directed towards local govt. practitioners.
Jan 14, 2009 Seligne rated it it was ok
I wish it had had more pith.
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