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Earthscan Tools for Community Planning


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There is increasing global demand for more local involvement in the planning of the environment. This is the only way that communities will get the surroundings they want and make the transition towards a sustainable future. This series of short, accessibly priced, practical books have been written by the world’s leading planning professionals to provide tools to support community planning wherever it occurs. Each book is a stand-alone, but together they create a compelling resource for planning professionals, community groups, activists, planning students and anyone looking to facilitate engagement in a community context.

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Rich Pictures: Encouraging Resilient Communities

Rich Pictures: Encouraging Resilient Communities

1st Edition

Simon Bell, Tessa Berg, Stephen Morse
March 31, 2016

Rich Pictures focuses on the value of developing visual narratives – Rich Pictures – as an important component and starting point for community participation. A key device for the community to share ideas and perspectives on current and potential future situations, Rich Pictures provide a shared...

Growing Livelihoods: Local Food Systems and Community Development

Growing Livelihoods: Local Food Systems and Community Development

1st Edition

Rhonda Phillips, Chris Wharton
November 30, 2015

Community planning is starting to include a broader food systems focus, spanning topics such as nutrition and health outcomes, sustainable farming practices, economic and social implications of local food production, distribution, and consumption. Together, these issues are a driving force for the...

Low Impact Living: A Field Guide to Ecological, Affordable Community Building

Low Impact Living: A Field Guide to Ecological, Affordable Community Building

1st Edition

Paul Chatterton
August 21, 2014

This book is the inspirational story of one project that shows you how you can become involved in building and running your neighbourhood. The author, co-founder of Lilac (Low Impact Living Affordable Community), along with other members of the community and the project team, explains how a group...

The Spacemaker's Guide to Big Change: Design and Improvisation in Development Practice

The Spacemaker's Guide to Big Change: Design and Improvisation in Development Practice

1st Edition

Nabeel Hamdi
May 28, 2014

This book gives definition to participatory practice as a necessary form of activism in development planning for cities.  It gives guidance on how practice can make space for big and lasting change and for new opportunities to be discovered. It points to ways of building synergy and negotiating our...

Community Matters: Service-Learning in Engaged Design and Planning

Community Matters: Service-Learning in Engaged Design and Planning

1st Edition

Mallika Bose, Paula Horrigan, Cheryl Doble, Sigmund C. Shipp
April 17, 2014

Winner of the EDRA 2015 Book Award! Community Matters: Service Learning in Engaged Design and Planning explores issues that resonate with a diverse group of design and planning educators drawn to the challenge of supporting greater community building and empowerment while combining learning with...

The Community Planning Handbook: How People Can Shape Their Cities, Towns and Villages in Any Part of the World

The Community Planning Handbook: How People Can Shape Their Cities, Towns and Villages in Any Part of the World

2nd Edition

Nick Wates
April 07, 2014

Growing numbers of residents are getting involved with professionals in shaping their local environment, and there is now a powerful menu of tools available, from design workshops to electronic maps. The Community Planning Handbook is the essential starting point for all those involved: planners...

Sustainable Communities: Creating a Durable Local Economy

Sustainable Communities: Creating a Durable Local Economy

1st Edition

Rhonda Phillips, Bruce Seifer, Ed Antczak
August 09, 2013

With a foreword written by Senator Bernie Sanders What is a durable economy? It is one that not only survives but thrives. How is it created, and what does it take to sustain over time? Sustainable Communities provides insight and answers to these questions. Citing Burlington, Vermont's remarkable...

The Placemaker's Guide to Building Community

The Placemaker's Guide to Building Community

1st Edition

Nabeel Hamdi
April 23, 2010

From the author of Small Change comes this engaging guide to placemaking, packed with practical skills and tools that architects, planners, urban designers and other built environment specialists need in order to engage effectively with development work in any context. Drawing on four decades of...

Creative Community Planning: Transformative Engagement Methods for Working at the Edge

Creative Community Planning: Transformative Engagement Methods for Working at the Edge

1st Edition

Wendy Sarkissian, Dianna Hurford, Christine Wenman
February 24, 2010

Creative Community Planning provides clear access to emerging innovations in artistic, narrative, embodied and technological methods. Reflecting on the wide continuum of participatory practice, the authors explore the frontiers of community engagement within a fresh sustainability framework....

SpeakOut: The Step-by-Step Guide to SpeakOuts and Community Workshops

SpeakOut: The Step-by-Step Guide to SpeakOuts and Community Workshops

1st Edition

Wendy Sarkissian, Wiwik Bunjamin-Mau
April 30, 2009

Finding specific advice on inclusive processes for engaging a community in a planning or design process can be a daunting undertaking. The latest offering in the Tools for Community Planning Series is the product of nearly two decades of successful practice by internationally acclaimed community...

Kitchen Table Sustainability: Practical Recipes for Community Engagement with Sustainability

Kitchen Table Sustainability: Practical Recipes for Community Engagement with Sustainability

1st Edition

Wendy Sarkissian, with Nancy Hofer, Yollana Shore, Steph Vajda, Cathy Wilkinson
November 10, 2008

Kitchen Table Sustainability offers a unique view of sustainability through the lens of community engagement. It takes sustainability out of the ivory towers of universities, government departments and planners to the kitchen tables of the world. This practical guide distils decades of wisdom from...

The Community Planning Event Manual: How to use Collaborative Planning and Urban Design Events to Improve your Environment

The Community Planning Event Manual: How to use Collaborative Planning and Urban Design Events to Improve your Environment

1st Edition

Nick Wates, John Thompson
August 01, 2008

Want to improve your village? Your town? Your city? A community planning event may be just what you have been waiting for. All over the world people are organizing dynamic collaborative events to improve their surroundings. For a few intensive days, everyone concerned gets an opportunity to have...

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