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"A very pragmatic approach that was inspirational to getting people in our community to see what could and should be done." 

-- Kitty Piercy, mayor of Eugene, OR


"Every town, city, suburb in America needs a place for our citizens to retreat to when the American Dream hasn't exactly worked out for them. This can happen to any of us. Imagine the least that would honor you as a human being until you're ready to plug in again. A place of refuge, to dry out, to learn work skills, and to get the confidence you need to succeed. Andrew's village model and this book will help you learn how to do just that."
 
-- Charles Durrett, author of Creating Cohousing


"The vision to create a living place of vitality, safety, and human scale is an indomitable urge that likely resides in all people. That said, Opportunity Village, supported mightily by Andrew Heben, has taken the lead in demonstrating the remarkable inspiring effects and healing power of such a vision in action. The idea that a group of people can undertake democratic processes in such a way that they repair themselves and create a sustainable expression of place will be of interest to everyone."
 
-- Mark Lakeman, co-founder of City Repair


"A very pragmatic approach that was inspirational to getting people in our community to see what could and should be done."- Kitty Piercy, mayor of Eugene, OR "Every town, city, suburb in America needs a place for our citizens to retreat to when the American Dream hasn't exactly worked out for them. This can happen to any of us. Imagine the least that would honor you as a human being until you're ready to plug in again. A place of refuge, to dry out, to learn work skills, and to get the confidence you need to succeed. Andrew's village model and this book will help you learn how to do just that."- Charles Durrett, author of Creating Cohousing

About the Author

Andrew Heben is an urban planner, writer, and tiny house builder based in Eugene, Oregon. He has traveled throughout the U.S. to study over a dozen tent cities organized by the homeless, and spent time living at one in Ann Arbor, Michigan known as Camp Take Notice. This experience informed his 2011 award-winning thesis in urban planning at the University of Cincinnati. Heben has since helped co-found Opportunity Village Eugene (OVE), a non-profit organization that advocates for and builds self-managed tiny house villages. In 2013 he assisted in the planning, design, and building of Opportunity Village, which now houses more than 30 otherwise homeless individuals and couples at a time. This work, combined with his previous research, inspired Heben's new book, Tent City Urbanism: From Self-Organized Camps to Tiny House Villages.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: the Village Collaborative; 1 edition (July 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692248056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692248058
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I met Andrew in October, 2013 at Opportunity Village Eugene. He gave me and my friends a tour and I did a video that played on Public Access TV in Humboldt County California. It was obvious that he is an unassuming young visionary with detailed plans for these new micro-housing villages. He has a website that provides a lot of the history and examples he used to create this book: http://www.tentcityurbanism.com. When I saw he released his book, I immediately ordered several copies and am pleased to report that this book is beautiful and useful beyond my expectations. I hope "Tent City Urbanism: From Self-Organized Camps to Tiny House Villages" gets in the hands soon of all planning departments, homeless advocates and people looking for a more sustainable, connected way of living. It is a model for the future and the future is now. Thank You Andrew.
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This is one of the best urban planning books of the year, following on my favorite from last year, the Accidental Playground--it will really shake up your worldview. Heben explores, using first hand observations and data combined with well grounded theory and historical context, the great American tent-city and it's evolving relationship to the tiny house movement. It's part critique and analysis, part deeply empathetic anthropology, and part how-to manual. In a time where it's really easy to be negative and talk about what can't be done, it's great to see someone interested in what does work. I was particularly struck by how the themes expressed here about the unhoused population resonate with my own work around participatory/tactical urbanism. We middle-class types have become mere consumers of the city, not producers or maintainers of our urbanity. The intense professionalization and othering of the development world means that many citizen activists have no voice other than protest to influence the evolution of their city. My hope is that by showing that even non-professionals, non-wealthy citizen can make a mark on the city we can heal the rifts that are creating barriers to change. This book will help you see how. Excellent.
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By Sean Kase on February 18, 2015
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This book has functioned as both a key reference point and source of inspiration for starting our tiny village coalition in Cleveland. The author has evident and continuing involvement in the tiny house movement, and provides insights based off of his firsthand experiences, which include tent cities and tiny villages alike.

This book also contains sample templates for codes of ethics & blueprints for tiny villages, while clarifying the reasons as to why some things might work in one place and not another. This is key reading material for this emerging genre of American activism. Instead of leaving me with vague ideas of what might be better in our political and social landscape, it left me feeling enabled to actually instigate concrete change in my community, and our group has already met for the first time to discuss a plan of action.
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This book represents the cutting edge of experience and expertise in the field of Tiny House Villages as a response to homelessness and housing-insecurity. I highly recommend it to anyone concerned with finding affordable ways to address these problems. And if you get a chance, go watch a presentation by Andy Heben if you are lucky enough to have him speaking anywhere near you. It will be time well-spent!
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Andrew's book is a wealth of knowledge. The information in this book has helped me start building a community for Huntsville's homeless. It is my #1 resource and I carry it to every meeting. So glad that those who have gone before us were willing to put all their knowledge in one place so we can all learn from each other. Definitely recommend this book!
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I have harbored a lifetime of long running thoughts on this subject and with the coming of Andy's book I can finally come to a deep restfulness knowing that we, the policy bureaucrat and the visionary activist, now have a commoners blueprint, an actionists quidebook and a revealed future on the planning table before us. It is simply a great humanitarian piece of work and it comes none to soon. Get it and give it to your mayor and city planners. Hurry!
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