Andrés Duany Jeff Speck Mike Lydon
The Smart Growth Manual
April 19, 2019 Comments.. 966
The Smart Growth Manual Everyone is calling for smart growthbut what exactly is it In The Smart Growth Manual two leading city planners provide a thorough answer From the expanse of the metropolis to the detail of the windo

  • Title: The Smart Growth Manual
  • Author: Andrés Duany Jeff Speck Mike Lydon
  • ISBN: 9780071376754
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Paperback
  • Everyone is calling for smart growthbut what exactly is it In The Smart Growth Manual, two leading city planners provide a thorough answer From the expanse of the metropolis to the detail of the window box, they address the pressing challenges of urban development with easy to follow advice and broad array of best practices.With their landmark book Suburban Nation, AnEveryone is calling for smart growthbut what exactly is it In The Smart Growth Manual, two leading city planners provide a thorough answer From the expanse of the metropolis to the detail of the window box, they address the pressing challenges of urban development with easy to follow advice and broad array of best practices.With their landmark book Suburban Nation, Andres Duany and Jeff Speck set forth clearly than anyone has done in our time the elements of good town planning The New Yorker With this long awaited companion volume, the authors have organized the latest contributions of new urbanism, green design, and healthy communities into a comprehensive handbook, fully illustrated with the built work of the nation s leading practitioners The Smart Growth Manual is an indispensable guide to city planning This kind of progressive development is the only way to fully restore our economic strength and create new jobs, new industries, and a renewed ability to compete in the first rank of world economies Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco Authors Andres Duany, Jeff Speck, and Mike Lydon have created The Smart Growth Manual, a resource which not only explains the overarching ideals of smart growth, but a manual that takes the time to show smart growth principles at each geographic scale region, neighborhood, street, building I highly recommend it as a part of any community participant s or urban planner s desktop references LocalPlanPlanetizen Top 10 Books 2010 On the ninth annual list of the ten best books in urban planning, design and development The goal of The Smart Growth Manual is clear from page 1 to create a guidebook for smart growth following the pattern of the Charter for New Urbanism Duany, Speck and Lydon have achieved that in spades the Charter is included in the appendix, in case we missed the connection It even clears up some of the architectural arguments that attach themselves to New Urbanists, such as this segment of Section 14.1, Regional Design While new buildings should not be compelled to mimic their historic predecessors, designers should pay attention to local practices regarding materials and colors, roof pitches, eave lengths, window to wall ratios, and the socially significant relationship of buildings to their site and the street these have usually evolved in intelligent response to local conditions In addition to making the old traditional vs modern argument irrelevant, Duany, Speck and Lydon have truly managed to boil down the best parts of current practices into a highly readable, portable book.

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    1. Derek Walker says:

      In speaking to the physical experience of reading this book I must say I appreciate the physical size of the book, its organization, its rounded edges, and especially its page length.In terms of the content, it is very direct in telling the reader what they really need to know in nearly all aspects of smart regional and local planning. I felt that there were not any sections that left you wondering. For instance, if a given section is talking about setbacks for row houses, it will tell you the s [...]

    2. Jason says:

      A quick, easy read so I won't complain. I do wish there were more historic references or a better narrative or dialogue connecting the past, and also informing the reader as to why and how the concepts and ideas presented came into being. Though informative, the books read more like a research report or brief with images, which was unfortunate (for me, as I have no context). This could have been more inspiring in my opinion but, nonetheless, a manual for urban planners and community developers f [...]

    3. Margaret says:

      Cool ideas- didn't agree with all of them but that's because I am an elitist.

    4. Whitney Stohr says:

      Highly recommended pocket manual outlining the objectives of smart growth and urban development. Very useful for students and practitioners, as well as individuals seeking a short and sweet introduction to the world of local and regional planning.

    5. Jillian says:

      Repeats itself. Making new growth "better" is all fine and dandy, but very short on how to get these policies in action, especially in sprawled-out communities.

    6. Brendan McGill says:

      A good quick introduction to intelligent planning practices, but don't expect enlightenment or serious practicable knowledge.

    7. Alice says:

      A fantastic resource on tools for building (and zoning and coding and supporting) better cities. It's too specific to be useful for AICP prep and too specialized to casually read for fun.

    8. Malcolm Little says:

      The principles of Smart Growth are needed now more than ever. The mechanical march towards unsustainable growth is a mindset that has poisoned the well we all live in for several decades. But just stating that the old ways need to die, without providing a viable alternative, is akin to shouting in a windstorm.Renowned city planners – Duany and Speck chief among them – do have practical solutions to the problem of soulless, sprawling, cookie-cutter development. The Smart Growth Manual is the [...]

    9. Isaac Holloway says:

      The Smart Growth Manual is a technical text meant for planners and people concern with the way physical space is used in our cities. It essentially details the elements of smart growth (anti-urban sprawl) and what smart growth looks like when it is applied from a regional down to a street and building level. To me this text is more of a supplement to Suburban Nation (written by the same authors) than it is a stand alone text as the why we should do smart growth is discussed more in Suburban Nati [...]

    10. Daniel says:

      Definitely lacking in context or narrative that might bring 'smart growth' principals into clearer focus for the uninitiated, this book is still a great reference handbook for those already somewhat familiar with the philosophy. You'd definitely need to dig deeper into each giving topic covered here to actually apply it in practice, but it's certainly nice to have all the regional, street-level, and building specific concepts here in one place.

    11. Du says:

      I thought I had read this, but it didn't seem to be the case, in 2009. I picked it up and flipped through it and nothing seemed familiar. That said it is a fun visual dictionary about how to promote efficient layouts and clear urban patterns. Quick read, and fun at the same time, which isn't always the case for a book titled a manual.

    12. Michael says:

      Are we asking the right question? We already know which forms of development are sustainable. What we don't know is how we can get people to move out of their suburban houses into urban homes a quarter the size.

    13. Billy says:

      An invaluable resource for fixing sprawl and guiding new development. Working from the level of the region down through town, neighborhood, street, and building, the manual provides the tools for creating attractive, sustainable, human-scaled communities.

    14. Craig says:

      An excellent guide for urban planners on the basic principles and guidelines for encouraging Smart Growth development along the rural-to-urban transect.

    15. Azimuth says:

      Great primer on smart growth implementations.

    16. Brandon Whyte says:

      Good Introduction to Smart Growth and New Urbanist ideas.

    17. Jon says:

      Short, concise, easy to read urban planning. Most points made sense, a few made me think, and a couple seemed more utopian on paper than in practice. Definitely worth a read.

    18. Sue says:

      An interesting overview on how to make smart zoning benefit everyone, with an urban to rural plan, using neighborhoods that have walkable destinations, and green elements.

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