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Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities
Design Strategies for the Post Carbon World
Patrick M. Condon  

$60.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 4/29/2010
ISBN: 9781597266505    


$30.00 Paperback
Release Date: 4/29/2010
ISBN: 9781597266659    


200 Pages

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About the Book

Questions of how to green the North American economy, create a green energy and transportation infrastructure, and halt the deadly increase in greenhouse gas buildup dominate our daily news. Related questions of how the design of cities can impact these challenges dominate the thoughts of urban planners and designers across the U.S. and Canada. With admirable clarity, Patrick Condon discusses 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 rules that can, if followed, help save the planet.

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. And no other book so vividly compares and contrasts the differing experiences of U.S. and Canadian cities.

Of particular new importance is how city form affects the production of planet-warming greenhouse gases. The author explains this relationship in an accessible way, and goes on to show how conforming to seven simple rules for community design could literally do a world of good. Each chapter in the book explains one rule in depth, adding a wealth of research to support each claim. If widely used, Condon argues, these rules would lead to a much more livable world for future generations—a world that is not unlike the better parts of our own.


About the Author(s)

Patrick M. Condon is a Professor at the University of British Columbia, affiliated with the James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable Environments. He is the author of numerous books including Design Charrettes for Sustainable Communities (Island Press).


Table of Contents

Foreword
1. Introduction
How Did Cities Get This Sick?
Separation by Class and Income
The Problem Emerges
Reasons for Hope
Seven Rules for Sustainable, Low-carbon Communities


2. Restore the Streetcar City
A Day in the Life
The Streetcar City as a Unifying Principle
Urban Form and the Pattern of Walkin and Riding
Forty Percent Still Live There
Continuous Linear Corridors, Not Stand-alone Nodes
Buses, Streetcars, Light Rail Transit, and Subways
Streetcar as an Urban Investment
Cars, Buses, Streetcar, or Heavy Rail? Case Study of the Broadway Corridor in Vancouver
What Is the Optimal Transit System?


3 Design an Interconnected Street System
Challenges of the Denritic Street System
Four Types of Interconnected Street Systems
Block Size
Why Is the Interconnected System Better?
Parcel Size
Ideal Block and Parcel Size
Road Width
Fire Accesss
Queing Streets
The Corner
Lanes and Alleys
Greenhouse Gas and Street Pattern


4 Locate Commercial Services, Frequent Transit, and Schools within a Five-minute Walk
Sense of Place in Corridors
Transit, Density, and the Five-minute Walk
Designing for the Bus or Streetcar
The Walk to School


5 Locate Good Jobs Close to Afforable Homes
The Historic Relationship between Work and Home
Solutions
Metropolitan and Community Scale


6 Provide a Diversity of Housing Types
The Influence of Building Type on GHG Production
The Sustainable Single-family Home
Build and Adapt Neighborhoods for all Ages and Incomes
Buildings with a Friendly Face to the Street


7 Create a Linked System of Natural Areas and Parks
Fredrick Law Olmsted and Linked Natural Areas and Parks
Ian McHarg and the Greenway Revival
More Recent Progress
Progress on the Ground
Case Study at the Regional Scale: The Damascus Design Workshop
Case Study at the Neighborhood Scale: Sustainable Fairview and the Pringle Creek Community, Salem, Oregon


8 Invest in Lighter, Greener, Cheaper, Smarter Infrastructure
Watershed Function
Four Rules for Infiltration
Green Infrastructure for Parcels
Pervious or Impervious
Impervious Paved Infiltration Streets


Conclusion
Acknowledgments
References
Index


Reviews


Sample Chapter

Chapter 2


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