Designing Community
by David Walters (9780750669252)

Designing Community
 
David Walters
Release Date: 04 April 2007
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 282
Category: Architecture
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISBN: 9780750669252
ISBN-10: 075066925X



Greenfield sites around towns and cities, and redevelopment infill sites in existing urban areas often become battlegrounds between the conflicting interests of developers and communities. In America, design charrettes (intensive design and planning workshops) have become widely used as a means of bringing together these divergent groups, using detailed design exercises to establish agreement around a development master plan. Despite the increasing frequency of their use, charrettes are widely misunderstood and can be misapplied.

This book provides a detailed guidance on the proper and most effective ways to use this helpful tool.The book combines charrette master planning with the creation of "design-based" codes (also known as "form-based" codes) to control the development's implementation in line with the design and planning principles established during the charrette process. It provides detailed and specific guidance on the management and best use of the increasingly popular, yet complex, public design event. It blends history, theory and practice to paint the full picture of the past, present and possible future of community planning. It shows how to manage the conflict between development, design and planning professionals and community interests inherent in current design and planning practice.


Review:
As strong in its theoretical grasp as it is in enumerating the practical aspects of design codes and charrettes, Designing Community guides us through the strategies we need to adopt to create better communal spaces...Design professionals should take the core messages of this book to heart and use its to improve our public realm.

Contents:
1. Introduction: Urban design vs. planning: the role of design charrettes, master plans and form-based codes to reform the planning process.
2. History i: The history of community involvement in planning from 19th century anarchist roots to today.
3. History ii: The evolution of the planning process: the renaissance of physical planning and the importance of urban design. 4. Theory i: Key urban design principles
5. Theory ii: Codes and Guidelines
6. Theory iii: Representation and Communication
7. Practice i: Charrette Principles and Organization
8. Practice ii: Charrette Processes and Products
9. Case Study i: Downtown redevelopment case study from authors own practice. This community has a form-based zoning ordinance in place.
10. Case Study ii: Greenfield case study from authors own practice. This community has a normative, sprawl-inducing zoning ordinance in place.
11. Afterword: Summary and recap
12. Appendix: Example of Form-based Code

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