"The book's appealing-sounding moniker knits together smart growth,new urbanism, and green building, three movements that address thesliding scales of regions, neighborhoods and buildings. Farradvocates for transit-served, walkable neighborhoods with high-techbuildings and infrastructure." (A Daily Dose ofArchitecture
, July 2009)
"Providing a historical perspective on the standards andregulations that got us and keep us on the course toward sprawl andunsustainable development, along with earlier attempts at reform,the book makes a strong case for Sustainable Urbanism, showing howarchitects and urban designers need to shape the built environmentfor the benefit of both humans and nature." (APADE,2009)
"A masterpiece, it combines good writing with a thoroughtreatment of the subject." (The Bernard Place Bee Line,4/22/08)
"It's not immediately obvious how Doug Farr's new book differsfrom the many other books in this field, aside from having alaudatory preface by Andres Duany. His careful division of the casestudies into built greenfield, unbuilt greenfield, built infill,and unbuilt infill, should be a clue. It's also nice that heoffiers a fairly specific definition of the s-word. Farr's book isdistinguished by his systematic determination to reveal the tradesecrets of sustainable design-those rules of thumb that bridge thegap between woolly generalities and highly specific case studies."(BuildingCommunities.com, February 1, 2008)
"A broadly-focused and solutions-based look at environmentallysustainable urban design. Case studies and essays written by Farrand others give a real-world context to the ideas and methodsespoused in this ambitious argument on behalf of a new type urbandesign and development that is interrelated with nature."(Planetizen.com; 1/29/08)
"The author of Sustainable Urbanism wants to break downbarriers between nature-focused environmentalists and human-focusedurbanists. The book asserts that we need a radical change in how welive, not just for the health of our planet, but for ourselves. Theauthor's ambitious goal is to make sustainable urbanism thedominant pattern of human settlement by 2030. This book is avaluable resource for anyone that is in a position to advance amore organic way of life that is more in tune with theenvironment." (Vector 1 Magazine, January 6, 2008)
"Sustainable Urbanism is important because it addresses thesustainable development issue from all sides and provides solutionsacross the vast array of disciplines that create the builtenvironment. The book…should be a resource not just fordevelopers...but also for city councils, mayors, governors,engineers, and voters." (Urban Land, 1/08)
"Beyond just developing a concept, however, the book acts as acomprehensive how-to manual for anyone who helps shape theenvironment...after setting the stage with a compelling case forsustainable urbanism, Farr provides specific and detailed standardsand steps to guide readers." (Environmental News Network,12/21/07)
"There is something for everyone in Sustainable Urbanism, thenew book that tackles exactly what the title implies. Backed by animpressive range of research, tables, charts, it is a comprehensivelook at how to make our development pattern more sustainable."(Joe Urban Blog, 12/07)
"Chicago architect Douglas Farr is no Le Corbusier--Who is?--yethis thoughtful new book is propelled by the same sort of visionaryenergy and desire to integrate architecture, city planning andnature for a better way of life. Here's the twist: Whereas LeCorbusier celebrated the car, Farr fingers it as a prime factor increating today's sprawling, auto-dependent suburbs and all thelifestyle woes, like rising levels of obesity, they've supposedlywrought. While that's a familiar rant from the New Urbanistarchitects who call for compact, walkable communities, Farr wiselygoes beyond them, urging a grand integration of the New Urbanismand the fledgling green building movement." (ChicagoTribune, December 2007)
"What makes his volume stand out is that it combines expertisein New Urbanism with a thorough understanding of environmentalissues and techniques. The result is the most comprehensive,technically informed volume available on how to design and buildplaces that are environmentally responsible and also gratifying toinhabit." (New Urban News, December 2007)
"makes excellent use of physical case studies, it is alsoconcerned with the intangible forces that shape our cities…"(Building Design, Friday 15th February 2008)
A call to action and a comprehensive guide to sustainable urbandesign
"This book celebrates the magical power of design and of anemerging pattern of human settlement—SustainableUrbanism—that holds the promise of strengthening theinterdependence of all life on earth. . . . This book is astrategic call for leadership in the design and development of theplaces where Americans live, work, and play."
—From the Preface
Written by the chair of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEEDfor Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Core Committee,Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature is both anurgent call to action and a comprehensive introduction to"Sustainable Urbanism"—the growing sustainable designconvergence that integrates walkable and diverse places withhigh-performance infrastructure and buildings.
Providing a historical perspective on the standards andregulations that got us and keep us on the course toward sprawl andunsustainable development, along with earlier attempts at reform,Douglas Farr makes a powerful case for Sustainable Urbanism,showing how architects and urban designers need to shape the builtenvironment for the benefit of both humans and nature. He thenexplains how to implement Sustainable Urbanism in cities, towns,and neighbor-hoods through coordinated leadership andcommunication. Essays written by Farr and others delve into suchissues as:
Increasing sustainability through density
Integrating transportation and land use in an auto-dependentera
Creating sustainable neighborhoods with walk-to-workneighborhood centers of locally owned businesses, share cars onevery block, and walkable neighborhoods
The health and environmental benefits of linking humans tonature, including walk-to open spaces, neighborhood stormwatersystems and waste treatment, and food production
High-performance buildings and neighborhood-scale infrastructureincluding district energy systems
Enriching the argument are in-depth case studies in SustainableUrbanism, from BedZED in London, England, and Newington in Sydney,Australia, to New Railroad Square in Santa Rosa, California, andDongtan, Shanghai, China. An epilogue looks to the future ofSustainable Urbanism over the next 200 years.
At once solidly researched and passionately argued, SustainableUrbanism is the ideal guidebook for urban designers, planners, andarchitects who are eager to make a positive impact on our—andour descendants'—buildings, cities, and lives.