AN INDISPENSABLE GUIDE TO SMART CITY PLANNING
Everyone is calling for smart growth, but what exactly is it? In THE SMART GROWTH MANUAL (McGraw-Hill; November 2009; Softcover: $24.95) noted new urbanists Andres Duany and Jeff Speck, who co-authored the acclaimed Suburban Nation, provide a thorough answer. This full-color manual, written with Mike Lydon, organizes the latest contributions of new urbanism, green design, and healthy communities into a comprehensive handbook. It is intended to be a central resource for those who aim to put smart growth into practice, and to assess the work of those who purport to do so.
The Smart Growth Manual presents a clear blueprint for developing cities and suburbs in the most user-friendly, cost-efficient, and environmentally sustainable manner. The authors explain how to create and enhance mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly communities as an alternative to suburban sprawl. They also cover preservation of natural amenities and the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Neighborhood Development standard.
With their landmark book Suburban Nation, Andres Duany and Jeff Speck “set forth more clearly than anyone has done in our time the elements of good town planning” (The New Yorker). With this companion volume, the authors have organized the latest contributions of new urbanism, green design, and healthy communities into a comprehensive manual, fully illustrated with the built work of the nation’s leading practitioners.
“The Smart Growth Manual is an indispensable guide to city planning. This kind of progressive development is the only way to fully restore our economic strength and create new jobs, new industries, and a renewed ability to compete in the first rank of world economies,” says Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco.
-more- “Simply put, we believe that new places should be designed in the manner of existing places that work,” say the authors. “The old, dependable neighborhood structure is the very heart of smart growth. Its details are missing from most books on the subject, and they are not sufficiently emphasized in the LEED standards. Restoring the centrality of the neighborhood structure to the American environmental movement would be the most important contribution of this manual. It has been a struggle to relearn the full range of techniques surrounding good neighborhood design, but the last decades have witnessed great progress toward this essential goal. We hope that this manual gets us there sooner.”
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Andres Duany, FAIA, CNU, is a founding principal of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ). DPZ is a leader of the New Urbanism, an international movement that seeks to end suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment. Since 1980, DPZ has designed more than 300 new towns, regional plans, and community revitalization projects. Duany is cofounder of the Congress for New Urbanism and the recipient of several honorary doctorates and awards, including the National Building Museum’s Vincent J. Scully Prize and the Richard H. Driehaus Prize. With Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Jeff Speck, he is co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream.
Jeff Speck, AICP, CNU, LEED-AP, Hon. ASLA, spent 10 years as director of town planning at DPZ, where he led or managed more than 40 of the firm’s projects. Subsequent to the publication of Suburban Nation, he was appointed director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he created the Governors’ Institute on Community Design, a program that brings smart growth techniques to state leadership. After four years at the Endowment, he founded Speck & Associates, a design consultancy serving public officials and the real estate industry. He is a contributing editor to Metropolis magazine.
Mike Lydon, CNU, is an urban planner, writer, and livable streets activist. Before founding The Street Plans Collaborative, an urban planning firm specializing in alternative transportation and the public realm, he worked for DPZ, the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, and Smart Growth Vermont. He is currently a Next American City Urban Vanguard and serves as a board member for the Miami Bicycle Coalition.
THE SMART GROWTH MANUAL by Andres Duany, Jeff Speck, with Mike Lydon McGraw-Hill; November 2009; Softcover: $24.95; 240 pages; ISBN-10: 0-07-1376755; ISBN-13: 978-0-07-1376754