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"Greening Cities, Growing Communities does more than tell the story of a single city or even a single country; it offers essential reading on urban community gardens as promising public green space for the 21st century."―Journal of Landscape Architecture

"Excellent tables, indexing, and specific strategic objectives outline a vision for like-minded readers."―Choice

"Green Cities Growing Communities is one of the most informative books regarding urban community gardens available today. It is more of a reference than a story, more of a tool than an inspiration. While many books argue the merit, need and importance of urban gardens, few shed light on the practical details involved with initiating, constructing and maintaining an urban garden . . . . Being rich in content and evidence-based arguments are distinguishing characteristics of this book. Green Cites Growing Communities tackles the political, economic, social and design issues that are absolutely crucial in bringing an urban garden to life. The six case studies provide proven, tangible, and actionable advice for the everyday gardener hoping to enrich their neighborhood."―re:place Magazine

"Hou, Johnson, and Lawson have put together a thorough and beautiful look at a collection of community gardens built and maintained under very different conditions. This book will help those planning or advocating for community gardens understand a wide range of implementation and maintenance issues..Greening Cities, Growing Communities thoughtfully compares the designs and uses of community gardens in unique situations, from a redeveloped farm on the city's edges to a steep slope owned by a private citizen and city agencies."―Landscape Architecture

"Those who know and love these gardens will appreciate this lavishly illustrated book. Professionals looking to adapt Seattle's community gardening model elsewhere will find a useful template. Greening Cities provides another angle for understanding what makes Seattle Seattle."―Seattle City Living

About the Author

Jeffrey Hou is Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington. Julie M. Johnson is Associate Professor of landscape architecture at the University of Washington. Laura J. Lawson is Professor and Dean of Agricultural and Urban Programs at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

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Jeffrey Hou is Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle. In a career that spans across the Pacific, he has worked with indigenous tribes, farmers, and fishers in Taiwan, neighborhood residents in Japan, ethnic minority villagers in China, and inner-city immigrant youths and elders in North American cities, through projects ranging from conservation of wildlife habitats to rebuilding of indigenous villages and design of urban open space. His recent research and practice focus on design activism, public space, and engaging marginalized social groups in the making of communities and urban spaces.

In addition to his co-authored and edited books, he is a contributing author to The Informal American City: Beyond Taco Trucks and Day Labor (MIT Press 2014), Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space (New Village Press 2012), The Emerging Asian City: Concomitant Urbanities and Urbanism (Routledge 2012), Dialogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities (Routledge 2012), Service-Learning in Design and Planning: Educating at the Boundary (New Village Press 2011), Companion to Urban Design (Routledge 2011), and Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism (Metropolis 2008).

Hou is the winner of the 2012 Great Places Award for his edited book Insurgent Public Space. He received his PhD and M.Arch from University of California, Berkeley, MLA from University of Pennsylvania and B.Arch from Cooper Union. To find out more about Jeff Hou's work, visit

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