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Live-Work Planning and Design: Zero-Commute Housing Hardcover – April 3, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0470604809 ISBN-10: 0470604808 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470604808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470604809
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,468,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dolan's book is an enormously knowledgeable guide to fitting work and living back together. It will be useful to architects, planners, builders, developers, and, most of all, urbanists." (Bettercities.net, June 2012)

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A comprehensive guide to building integrated living and work spaces

"The live-work unit is the natural habitat of mankind. Dwellings—from palace to hovel—have always included places of work. It is only in this past century of suburban madness that the connection has been lost. Tom Dolan's book is not radical—it is merely a recall to sanity."—Andrés Duany, CNU, FAIA

"An exciting and clear blueprint for the kind of shared home/office design that is gaining momentum throughout the country. Having enjoyed the live-work lifestyle for many years, I hope this book will encourage others to try it."—Carol Coletta, Director, ArtPlace

As suburban models of separated-use zoning fade in importance, live-work, which offers both flexibility and zero-commute living, has emerged as the ultimate mixed-use type. Live-work refers to buildings and mixed-use neighborhoods that concentrate all of life's functions in one place. Advances in computer and networking technologies allow more people to work from home, leading to a renewed interest in this hybrid land-use and building type.

Live-Work Planning and Design walks readers through the entire process of getting live-work projects designed, approved, and built. The author draws on more than twenty-five years of experience in the field, examining in detail a wide range of project types, including courtyard communities, flexhouses, housing over retail, artists' studios, lofts, condominiums, and more. Numerous case studies and real-world examples highlight both successful and failed projects, with an emphasis on integrating buildings into the neighborhood to help projects succeed.

Complete with hundreds of photos and illustrations of live-work and zero-commute housing types, this book discusses the market for live-work, provides guidance for both new construction and renovation, and describes how various municipalities have incorporated live-work into city plans.

Architects, urban planners, developers, and builders of live-work projects will find this book an insightful and highly practical resource. It is also valuable for zoning officials and urban planners working on planning and building codes and urban designs that incorporate live-work projects.


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This is a great reference for planners, architects, and developers.
Anne Sconberg
For someone like me who cannot even find a job interview in this economy it doesn't exactly bolster my hope.
D. Pawl
The book needs to provide guidelines for cities' to establish live-work zoneing/design review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christina Paul VINE VOICE on July 19, 2012
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Modern society, with its increaed energy costs and dwindling of natural resources is challenging us all to rethink the way that we live, work and interact. "Live-Work Planing and Design: Zero Commute Housing" is a great look into the new trend of how cities and urban planners along with architects are finding ways in which we live our lives in small communities where we no longer have to commute to work by getting into our cars. Ideally,people would be able to live and work in a more self contained area.

When I received this book, it was not exactly what I had been looking for. I was more interested in finding ways to make my existing rural home space be more self-sufficient, rather than the more urban landscape examples that were shown in the book. Profusely illustrated, it is a great way for urban planners, community leaders and even students who forsee this as a possible field they would like to go into will find great value in the book. Some of the pictures are not the greatest and it would have been good to see more examples of successful projects and ways that these communities have solved common problems with more concrete numbers data.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Pawl VINE VOICE on April 8, 2013
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Live-Work Planning and Design attempts to paint a very seductive picture of the advantages of not working outside of your home and how to make it plausible. For someone like me who cannot even find a job interview in this economy it doesn't exactly bolster my hope. Instead it makes me further aware of the socioeconomic divide between haves and have nots. Discouraging.
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LIVE-WORK is a wonderful but academic (i.e. for architects or students of architecture/ draftsmen) and not for the casual, interested home owners.

This book seeks to answer three (3) mutually exclusive architectural questions:

1. What are the considerations for designing a new complex which incorporates comfortable and modern living space along with the practical and functional needs of a workspace?

2. Can older structures--homes and industrial sites--be adequately refurbished to meet the contemporary needs of a 21st century occupant?

3. Can both systems adapt to the future needs of an increasingly decentralized workforce/ disappearing metropolitan-political center?

That said, LIVE-WORK, like another recent Wiley Press release DESIGN FOR AGING, is broken down as a case study with diagrams supplemented by a few b/w (and even few fuzzy, color photos), a budget, expense reports and a broad discussion on why "this" layout is relevant.

Of the dozen or so cases that are mentioned, only one --a duplex in the South Prescott Village of Oakland-- has any in-depth breakdown of before and after and what where the thoughts considered in the remodeling of this home.

***

There are a few minor drawbacks that I feel are worth mentioning.

There should have been more and diverse examples given by the author and architect of these models.

There should have been more before and after--color, high resolution photographs.

I would have also like for the author to bring in examples from other architects who are also focused on bridging the gap between work and home life.

All this notwithstanding, this book is too important to ignore, although I wish there was better direction in its execution. So, 3.5 but since there's no half stars offer--LIVE-WORK gets 4 stars.
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This is a great reference for planners, architects, and developers. It describes how to work within existing building codes to create a basic shell of hybrid spaces that allows artists and other creative entrepreneurs to define how they live and work. All the pictures you see in magazines are great....but half of them would be illegal if you went to try to build them now. Typically, "codes" and "design" are pretty far apart. This book explains how to bring them together.
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By Jeff Richards on August 18, 2013
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I have now read about half of the book 'Live-Work Planning and Design: Zero-Commute Housing', and am finding the book informative, though somewhat repeditive. Laying the groundwork in the first half, with the definitions and standards is no doubt important; and, I am now finding the second half of the book more interesting.
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not really for interior designers; more like for college architecture students who are studying urban planning from a theoretical point of view.

In other words, not great photos of actual home offices;

more like sketches and mock ups of dream spaces.

Like if the city were nuked and we were to think things from scratch.

Keep dreaming.
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By jatfox on December 31, 2012
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I am thoroughly. Disappointed with the purchase of this book because
1.The content is out dated. 2. Pictures, diagrams and other information is repeated in numerous places. 3.The book contains no new or creative ideas.Dont waste your money!!!!
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