Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Patrick Condon, author of Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities, at Building Museum on Monday February 14th

Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities, by Patrick Condon, book cover

Date: Monday February 14th, 2011
Time: 12:30p - 1:30p
Location: National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington DC

Patrick is the James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable Environments at the University of British Columbia.

The Seven Rules are:

- Restore the Streetcar City;
- Design an Interconnected Street System;
- Locate Commercial Services, Frequent Transit, and Schools within a Five-minute Walk;
- Locate Good Jobs Close to Affordable Homes;
- Provide a Diversity of Housing Types;
- Create a Linked System of Natural Areas and Parks; and
- Invest in Lighter, Greener, Cheaper, Smarter Infrastructure.

The Tyee, the alternative weekly in the Vancouver region, ran an opinion piece, "Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities" as well as an article applying the principles to the region, "Seven Rules for Right Here, BC's Lower Mainland," as well as excerpts from each section of the book:

- Why a Streetcar Is Something to Be Desired
- Cul-de-sacs: Dead Ends in More Ways Than One
- How to Get People Out of Their Cars
- You Don't Have to Spend Your Life Stuck in Traffic
- Why 'Illegal' Suites Are Good for the Planet
- When Neighbourhoods Work With Nature
- Why Cheaper Streets Are Smarter Streets

-- book webpage, Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities: Design Strategies for the Post-Carbon World

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