Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design With Nature

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Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design With Nature

by Douglas Farr

Wiley | November 16, 2007 | Hardcover

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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-performance infrastructure and buildings.

Providing a historic perspective on the standards and regulations that got us to where we are today in terms of urban lifestyle and attempts at reform, Douglas Farr makes a powerful case for sustainable urbanism, showing where we went wrong, and where we need to go. He then explains how to implement sustainable urbanism through leadership and communication in cities, communities, and neighborhoods. Essays written by Farr and others delve into such issues as:

  • Increasing sustainability through density.
  • Integrating transportation and land use.
  • Creating sustainable neighborhoods, including housing, car-free areas, locally-owned stores, walkable neighborhoods, and universal accessibility.
  • The health and environmental benefits of linking humans to nature, including walk-to open spaces, neighborhood stormwater systems and waste treatment, and food production.
  • High performance buildings and district energy systems.

    Enriching the argument are in-depth case studies in sustainable urbanism, from BedZED in London, England and Newington in Sydney, Australia, to New Railroad Square in Santa Rosa, California and Dongtan, Shanghai, China. An epilogue looks to the future of sustainable urbanism over the next 200 years.

    At once solidly researched and passionately argued, Sustainable Urbanism is the ideal guidebook for urban designers, planners, and architects who are eager to make a positive impact on our--and our descendants''--buildings, cities, and lives.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.3 × 8.3 × 1 in

Published: November 16, 2007

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 047177751X

ISBN - 13: 9780471777519

Found in: Art and Architecture

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Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design With Nature

by Douglas Farr

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.3 × 8.3 × 1 in

Published: November 16, 2007

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 047177751X

ISBN - 13: 9780471777519

About the Book

This book provides clear direction  for urban designers, urban planners, and architects to design cities and developments that are sustainable and reduce environmental harms. The text includes background on sustainability, standards for sustainable urbanism, and case studies of exemplars of sustainable urban design.

Table of Contents

Foreword ( Andrés Duany ). Preface. How to use this book. Acknowledgments. Part One The Case for Sustainable Urbanism. Chapter 1: The Built Environment: Where We Are Today. The American Lifestyle on the Wrong Course. Pioneering Reforms: Setting the Stage for Sustainable Urbanism. Chapter 2: Sustainable Urbanism: Where We Need to Go. Sustainable Urbanism: The Grand Unification. The Three Steps of Sustainable Urbanism. Part Two Implementing Sustainable Urbanism. Chapter 3: Leadership and Communications. Leadership Talking Points for Sustainable Urbanism ( Jim Hackler and Irina Woelfle ) The Power of Paired Choices. Implementation Agendas for Leaders. Chapter 4: The Process and Tools for Implementing Sustainable Urbanism. RFQ for Sustainable Urbanist Professionals. Benchmarking Municipal Sustainability: The Santa Monica Sustainable City Plan ( City of Santa Monica ). Documenting Community Preference in Form and Sustainability: Image Preference Survey (IPS) ( Christina Anderson ) Conducting a Charrette ( Bill Lennertz ) Shaping Sustainable Neighborhoods with the Toledo Smart Neighborhood Analysis Protocol (SNAP) ( Carolee Kokola ). A Sustainable Urbanist Neighborhood Plan: Toledo SNAP ( Carolee Kokola ). Regulating Plan and Form-Based Code ( Christina Anderson ). Incorporating Sustainability through Codes, Covenants, and Restrictions (CC&Rs) ( Dan Slone ). RFP for a Sustainable Urbanist Developer ( City of Victoria, British Columbia ). Part Three Emerging Thresholds of S
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From the Publisher

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-performance infrastructure and buildings.

Providing a historic perspective on the standards and regulations that got us to where we are today in terms of urban lifestyle and attempts at reform, Douglas Farr makes a powerful case for sustainable urbanism, showing where we went wrong, and where we need to go. He then explains how to implement sustainable urbanism through leadership and communication in cities, communities, and neighborhoods. Essays written by Farr and others delve into such issues as:

  • Increasing sustainability through density.
  • Integrating transportation and land use.
  • Creating sustainable neighborhoods, including housing, car-free areas, locally-owned stores, walkable neighborhoods, and universal accessibility.
  • The health and environmental benefits of linking humans to nature, including walk-to open spaces, neighborhood stormwater systems and waste treatment, and food production.
  • High performance buildings and district energy systems.

    Enriching the argument are in-depth case studies in sustainable urbanism, from BedZED in London, England and Newington in Sydney, Australia, to New Railroad Square in Santa Rosa, California and Dongtan, Shanghai, China. An epilogue looks to the future of sustainable urbanism over the next 200 years.

    At once solidly researched and passionately argued, Sustainable Urbanism is the ideal guidebook for urban designers, planners, and architects who are eager to make a positive impact on our--and our descendants''--buildings, cities, and lives.

From the Jacket

A call to action and a comprehensive guide to sustainable urban design

"This book celebrates the magical power of design and of an emerging pattern of human settlement—Sustainable Urbanism—that holds the promise of strengthening the interdependence of all life on earth. . . . This book is a strategic call for leadership in the design and development of the places where Americans live, work, and play."
—From the Preface

Written by the chair of the U.S. Green Building Council''s LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Core Committee, Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature is both an urgent call to action and a comprehensive introduction to "Sustainable Urbanism"—the growing sustainable design convergence that integrates walkable and diverse places with high-performance infrastructure and buildings.

Providing a historical perspective on the standards and regulations that got us and keep us on the course toward sprawl and unsustainable development, along with earlier attempts at reform, Douglas Farr makes a powerful case for Sustainable Urbanism, showing how architects and urban designers need to shape the built environment for the benefit of both humans and nature. He then explains how to implement Sustainable Urbanism in cities, towns, and neighbor-hoods through coordinated leadership and communication. Essays written by Farr and others delve into such issues as:

  • Increasing sustainability through density

  • Integrating transportation and land use in an auto-dependent era

  • Creating sustainable neighborhoods with walk-to-work neighborhood centers of locally owned businesses, share cars on every block, and walkable neighborhoods

  • The health and environmental benefits of linking humans to nature, including walk-to open spaces, neighborhood stormwater systems and waste treatment, and food production

  • High-performance buildings and neighborhood-scale infrastructure including district energy systems

    Enriching the argument are in-depth case studies in Sustainable Urbanism, from BedZED in London, England, and Newington in Sydney, Australia, to New Railroad Square in Santa Rosa, California, and Dongtan, Shanghai, China. An epilogue looks to the future of Sustainable Urbanism over the next 200 years.

    At once solidly researched and passionately argued, Sustainable Urbanism is the ideal guidebook for urban designers, planners, and architects who are eager to make a positive impact on our—and our descendants''—buildings, cities, and lives.

About the Author

Douglas Farr, an architect and urban designer, is the founding principal and president of Farr Associates. He has served as cochair of the Environmental Task Force of the Congress for the New Urbanism, chair of the AIA Chicago Committee on the Environment, and chair of the U.S. Green Building Council''s LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Core Committee.
Farr Associates is a Chicago-based firm focused on sustainable design in architecture and urban design. Founded in 1990, Farr Associates was the first architecture firm in the world to have designed at least two buildings to be certified with a LEED Platinum rating: the Chicago Center for Green Technology and the Center for Neighborhood Technology, also in Chicago. The firm designed its own office in the historic Monadnock Building as a LEED for Commercial Interiors pilot project.
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