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Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature
by Douglas Farr
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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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
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
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!
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.