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Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism

Author Benjamin Ross finds that the roots of sprawl are historical, sociological, and economic. This book presents a wide-ranging historical overview of sprawl, an analysis of contemporary planning, and suggestions for how to effect change. Ross postula… more »
Books –  Apr. 17, 2014

Rebuilding a Dream: 50th Anniversary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development

This new book examines the achievements in Federal housing and urban development programs over the past 50 years. It also discusses the current shortage of affordable housing and what we can do about this problem in our nation and our communities. Feder… more »
Books –  Apr. 17, 2014

Measuring Sprawl 2014

Measuring Sprawl 2014, an updated study from Smart Growth America, analyzes development patterns in 221 metropolitan areas and 994 counties in the United States, to see which communities are more compact and connected and which are more sprawling. Resea… more »
Case Studies –  Apr. 17, 2014

Alterations in Scale: Patterns of Change in Main Street Networks Across Time and Space

Researchers from Scotland's University of Strathclyde have found evidence that before the rise of the automobile, cities developed on a walkable "human" scale, with main streets that rarely exceeded 440 yards in length. The researchers argue that this u… more »
Reports –  Apr. 3, 2014

Urban Wayfinding Planning and Implementation Manual

As walkability grows in urban areas, signage and wayfinding play a bigger role in pedestrian safety, convenience, business support and economic development. Physical signs and paper guides are still important parts of the wayfinding and signage portfoli… more »
Guidebooks –  Apr. 3, 2014

Designing Rainwater Harvesting Systems: Integrating Rainwater into Building Systems

Water conservation is an effective sustainable design practice, yet few professionals know how to collect and use rainwater effectively. This book provides practical guidelines for urban planners and landscape architects on developing a rainwater harves… more »
Books –  Apr. 3, 2014

Urban Design for an Urban Century: Shaping More Livable, Equitable, and Resilient Cities, 2nd Edition

The second edition of this popular book offers a comprehensive introduction to urban design, from a historical overview and basic principles to practical design concepts and strategies. Included is thorough coverage of sustainability issues in urban des… more »
Books –  Apr. 3, 2014

Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save The Economy

The book shares the stories of businesses, organizations, and cities that are investing in two-wheeled transportation. Included is a look at the real transportation costs of families and individuals, and an examination of the current civic costs of our… more »
Books –  Apr. 3, 2014

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