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Earthscan Tools for Community Planning

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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1-10 of 11 results in Earthscan Tools for Community Planning
  1. Low Impact Living

    A Field Guide to Ecological, Affordable Community Building

    By Paul Chatterton

    Series: Earthscan Tools for Community Planning

    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...

    Published August 20th 2014 by Routledge

  2. The Spacemaker's Guide to Big Change

    Design and Improvisation in Development Practice

    By Nabeel Hamdi

    Series: Earthscan Tools for Community Planning

    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...

    Published May 27th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Community Matters: Service-Learning in Engaged Design and Planning

    Edited by Mallika Bose, Paula Horrigan, Cheryl Doble, Sigmund C. Shipp

    Series: Earthscan Tools for Community Planning

    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 practice. The book explores such...

    Published April 16th 2014 by Routledge

  4. The Community Planning Handbook

    How people can shape their cities, towns & villages in any part of the world, 2nd Edition

    By Nick Wates

    Series: Earthscan Tools for Community Planning

    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...

    Published April 6th 2014 by Routledge

  5. Sustainable Communities

    Creating a Durable Local Economy

    By Rhonda Phillips, Bruce Seifer, Ed Antczak

    Series: Earthscan Tools for Community Planning

    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 rise to award-winning status, this book explores...

    Published August 8th 2013 by Routledge

  6. The Placemaker's Guide to Building Community

    By Nabeel Hamdi

    Series: Earthscan Tools for Community Planning

    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...

    Published April 22nd 2010 by Routledge

  7. Creative Community Planning

    Transformative Engagement Methods for Working at the Edge

    By Wendy Sarkissian, Dianna Hurford, Christine Wenman

    Series: Earthscan Tools for Community Planning

    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....

    Published February 23rd 2010 by Routledge

  8. SpeakOut

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

    By Wendy Sarkissian, Wiwik Bunjamin-Mau

    Series: Earthscan Tools for Community Planning

    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...

    Published April 29th 2009 by Routledge

  9. Kitchen Table Sustainability

    Practical Recipes for Community Engagement with Sustainability

    By Wendy Sarkissian, with Nancy Hofer, Yollana Shore, Steph Vajda, Cathy Wilkinson

    Series: Earthscan Tools for Community Planning

    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...

    Published November 9th 2008 by Routledge

  10. The Community Planning Event Manual

    How to use Collaborative Planning and Urban Design Events to Improve your Environment

    By Nick Wates, Nick Wates, John Thompson

    Series: Earthscan Tools for Community Planning

    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...

    Published July 31st 2008 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Local Food Systems and Community Well-Being: Growing Livelihoods
    By Rhonda Phillips, Chris Wharton
    To Be Published February 1st 2015

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