Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design With Nature By Douglas Farr. In One Line: A well-crafted overview of sustainable planning strategies with a broad lens that. Sustainable Urbanism. Urban Design With Nature. pages 8 x 9. Douglas Farr . Hardcover. $ ISBN: Pub Date: November Doug Farr’s second book, Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future, poses one big question: how can we make the world we want in the least .
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A well-crafted overview of sustainable planning strategies with a broad lens that is valuable for a range of readers as a foundation to a library of stewardship. The complexity of sustainability is one of its own worst enemies.
Our modern attempts to condense information can run counter to helping others understand the intricacies of our biosphere.
With only portions of information the solutions can see deceivingly easy, mistakenly small in number or both. Some of the stronger voices end up being the ones that can package complex issues with clarity and brevity for retention in a broader audience. Architecture and Urban Planning are similar animals in this regard couglas, especially with their interface with sustainable goals.
Even for design professionals it can be difficult jrbanism convey the number of moving parts that comprise the process of making things.
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The author begins with a foundation of analysis and data of the suburban condition, making a relatively familiar case for density around the pillars of health, social equity and ecological impact. The difference comes in the elements of a solution that Farr begins to paint as a series of design tactics for the American landscape of development.
Rather than occupying one of the development poles of suburban vs. Sustainable Urbanism becomes something closer to a reference guide without the dryness of the reference voice. Perhaps more than anything, Farr does a great job of opening the aperture for designers and enthusiasts to the broader realm of variables that affect sustainable urban planning and the resulting breath of opportunities there are to increase the likelihood of positive impact.
Taking the utbanism of a collection of essays on urbanismm topics, the book tries to cover a lot of ground while keeping its page count reasonable.
Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature
While this may make for a lighter read, it would be great to have more physical samples of design susstainable i. The focus on case studies and general topics make it more of a directional resource to read once rather than suwtainable guide one is likely to go back to repeatedly which it arguably could have been with another layer of information.
Additionally, though I appreciate the author’s decision to print the book with the addition of a color light green rather than only black and white, some of the choices in font and placement make tables and titles difficult to read.
The nature of the text and the coordinated use of graphics should make the book accessible to a broad audience fzrr of sushainable professionals. While this may not materially affect the quality of the writing within, it does affect the quality of the book as a product of the creative process. Having the physical artifact embody the message of the knowledge within serves as an example of the mindset that sustainability needs and a dedication to best practices.
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Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design With Nature