- Paperback: 194 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (November 22, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071355537
- ISBN-13: 978-0071355537
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Charter of The New Urbanism 1st Edition
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Excerpts from Architectural Record Review, September, 2000 By Clifford A. Pearson and John El Czarnecki "An important work that defines the tenets of New Urbanism, this book serves as the group's manifesto. The charter illustrates the 27 principles of New Urbanism, from the scale of regions to neighborhoods and buildings, and pairs each with an essay by a different author. Now followers of the movement can use the charter to define their work and detractors can refer to it when presenting their side of the debate. … Graphically pleasing, the book reads well … When defining the problems of today's development patterns, the text is clear and seductive. … The test of the Charter of New Urbanism will be its timeless quality. …" (Architectural Record 2000-09-01)
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The Congress for the New Urbanism, headquartered in San Francisco, CA, is a rapidly growing nonprofit advocacy organization whose mission is to promote the restoration of existing urban centers and towns, encourage communities of real neighborhoods and diverse districts, conserve national environments, and preserve our built legacy.
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I use the book on a weekly basis to expand my understanding of the issues that confront my community. As a Op-Ed columnist for my local newspaper, the Charter book is a resource for understanding how New Urbanist thinkers address specific community building issues. For example: How the form and structure of neighborhoods contribute to the safety of children. How the placement of streets can reduce the amount of time and length of travel that families must make each day. How important the location and design of public squares, green spaces and civic buildings is to enhancing citizen involvement.
The Charter book is an important resource for anyone who shares a concern for the development and welfare of their community. Use it to learn to think about what's missing in your neighborhood. Use it to learn how to address local planning boards or commissions. Use it to plan for the location and social setting for a new residence, office or retail store. The Charter book will help you to gain an understanding of New Urbanism, which is becoming the most significant and comprehensive movement for the reform of cities and suburbs in the past half century. Anyone concerned with the future of their community should have The Charter of New Urbanism on their short list of must read books this year.
This volume is an essential text in an essential field, and should be considered so by municipal planners, developers, builders, architects, and citizens who care about the quality of life in their cities, towns, suburbs, and hamlets.
In addition to rendering their own analyses in compelling and thoughtful prose, McCormick and Leccese have displayed the deftness of master cat herders by wrangling a passel of leading New Urbanists -- by no means the most egregiously agreeable of architectural types -- into presenting their thoughts in a thorough-going and satisfying manner.
The reader who delves into this book and rides it to its conclusion will come away understanding a great deal about how we live today, and how we could -- and perhaps should -- be living.