Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Live-Work Planning and Design: Zero-Commute Housing 1st Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0470604809
ISBN-10: 0470604808
Why is ISBN important?
ISBN
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Trade in your item
Get a $7.64
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Buy used On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$60.89 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
Buy new On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$84.10 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
More Buying Choices
23 New from $47.24 17 Used from $45.99
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Prime Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
$84.10 FREE Shipping. Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Editorial Reviews

Review

"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)

From the Back Cover

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.

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • 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: #458,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Andre Lawrence TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
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.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
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.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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!!!!
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This book contains a large number of projects of different types. They all center around issues having to do with creating a living space that is also compatible with working at home. It covers everything from objective information such as renovation, floor plans, combining a personal bathroom with a public one and dealing with zoning and codes to the more subjective such as the attitude of existing neighbors, potential clients and neighborhood ambiance. If you are a student looking to try your hand at creating this kind of space it contains a fair amount of very useful information.
Why not give it those last two star?? The writing style is very dry. At times I felt like I was reading a thesis rather than a reference. It was about as exciting as architectural graphic standards. This combined with the poor photography meant that I just could not get excited about any of the projects mentioned. The photographs were often too small, cluttered, or poorly lit. Yes these people work in these environments but a messy desk or studio is not a selling point for the concept. This is a case where spending a few bucks to hire a professional photographer, increasing the size of the photographs to a point where they could be discussed and going with slick paper rather than rag would have made the book much more informative. Some topics which I was interested in, such as shipping container work/live spaces were not covered in any detail. The small photo of a ship carrying containers might as well have been skipped. Bottom line, useful information but poor presentation.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Live-Work Planning and Design: Zero-Commute Housing
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Live-Work Planning and Design: Zero-Commute Housing