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Urban Planning For Dummies Paperback – Illustrated, March 13, 2012

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Editorial Reviews


"Seeing a 'Dummies' book about urban planning is actually a testament to the fact that the field of urban planning has arrived in the public consciousness. It's also clear that this is book is not at all for dummies. Written in every-day English, the book thoughtfully and engagingly covers topics from 'What is Urban Planning' (Chapter 1) to 'Urban Design' (Chapter 8) to 'Planning and Disasters' (Chapter 14)." - Planetizen's 10 best books in urban planning, design and development for 2013

"Urban Planning for Dummies - a new and slightly curious addition to the For Dummies series of instructional books. It's a pretty wonky subject to see in the straightforward and simplified style of this series, and raises the instantaneous question many of these books raise: who would actually want to read this?" - The Atlantic Cities

"Here's an unexpected find in the popular For Dummies series: Urban Planning for Dummies, by Jordan Yin, AICP.  The book includes the top-10 lists that are a feature of the series. There are 10 ideas for making your community a better place (e.g., 'pay attention to design details' and 'make room for nature'); 10 great cities with great plans (in the U.S., Savannah, Washington, New York, and Celebration, Florida); and 10 urban plans you can find online. - Planning Magazine

"The well-known 'Dummies' series may attract snickers, but the books are usually excellent primers about difficult subjects. Yin's book covers the basics of how cities and towns grow and change, how to plan for housing, transportation and land use, how to design greener and more sustainable communities, and how citizens can get involved." - David Beach, Green Cities Blue Lake Institute, Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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Find out how to plan a great future for your community

Urban planning is vital to the future success of cities, towns, and suburbs across the globe. Urban plans help communities take stock of what's good and bad about the community in the present and determine the best improvements to make for the future. With the majority of the world's population shifting to urban areas, it has become an increasingly vital profession. Whether you're thinking about a career in urban planning or looking for a way to get more involved in your community, Urban Planning For Dummies will give you a practical overview of this fascinating field, including determining the best uses for land, planning for transportation and economic development, and discovering how urban plans are made and carried out.

  • Understand the building blocks of urban planning — explore all the different elements that contribute to the community's quality of life and a more sustainable local environment

  • Explore the relationship between urban planning and the built environment — see how good urban design can make healthier, more attractive communities

  • Examine the components of a comprehensive urban plan — learn the roles that land use, housing, transportation, natural resources, infrastructure, open space, and public services play in shaping a community

  • Grasp the challenges that urban planners face — find out how pollution, rapid population growth, economic distress, and recovery from natural disasters affect the quality of life in cities and towns

  • Be more involved — discover how a better understanding of urban planning can help you create more successful communities where you live

Open the book and find:

  • How to create a sustainable community

  • What resources are needed to make a good plan

  • How to find useful information about your community

  • The challenges facing today's cities, suburbs, and towns

  • The role of urban planning in developing countries

  • How to get hands-on experience

  • Ways to improve and enhance your community

  • Real-world examples

Learn to:

  • Understand how cities and towns grow and change

  • Plan for housing, transportation, and land use

  • Explore how urban plans get made

  • Design greener cities and sustainable communities

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.12 pounds
  • Paperback : 368 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1118100233
  • ISBN-10 : 1118100239
  • Product Dimensions : 7.2 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : For Dummies; 1st Edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49 ratings