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Planning and Urban Design Standards
Author: American Planning Association
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $164.50
ArchitectureWeek— From the publishers of Architectural Graphic Standards, this new book is a comprehensively illustrated reference on urban planning, design, and development. Topics covered include real estate development, mapping, streets and town infrastructure, natural resources, demographics, transportation, environmental impact assessment and mitigation, and building type requirements.

Design Out Crime: Creating Safe and Sustainable Communities
Author: Ian Colquhoun
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $45.24
ArchitectureWeek— A practical guide for the design of communities and housing in which people can enjoy a good quality of life, free from crime and fear of crime. It shows how, through integrating simple crime prevention principles in the design process, it is possible, almost without notice, to make residential environments much safer.

Trees in the Urban Landscape: Site Assessment, Design, and Installation
Author: Peter Trowbridge and Nina Bassuk
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $71.45
ArchitectureWeek— A reference book for the complex issues of the greening of cities, from design conceptualization to daily maintenance of trees. Includes case studies, technical specifications, site assessment techniques, and plant selection guidance.

Planning and Urban Design Standards (Architectural Graphic Standards Series)
Author: Frederick R. Steiner and Kent Butler
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $69.55
ArchitectureWeek— This illustrated student edition of the definitive reference outlines best practices and guidelines for urban planning and design, with rules of thumb for designing and evaluating land-use schemes. Practical information about plan making, environmental planning and management, building types, transportation, parks, impact assessment, growth management, and more.

Designing Public Consensus: The Civic Theater of Community Participation for Architects, Landscape A
Author: Barbara Faga
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $65.06
ArchitectureWeek— Written for the design professional, the book offers examples of management of the public process in projects large and small involving architects, planners, and urban designers. The book has methods, tips, and strategies for working with various constituencies in a design project.

Urban Design: A Typology of Procedures and Products
Author: Jon Lang
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $47.20
ArchitectureWeek— This collection of 50 recent international case studies illustrates how urban design guidelines and processes have been used around the world and helps architects and planners define goals and predict design outcomes.

Squares: A Public Place Design Guide for Urbanists
Author: Mark C. Childs
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $50.00
ArchitectureWeek— A discussion of what makes public places appealing and useful will inspire those involved with public planning and design. Squares is intended to help designers, planners, public officials, students, developers, and community leaders understand the history and theories of public commons, elicit community dialogue and desires, respond to the natural and built environment, and design compelling places.

Author: Michael C. Thomsett
Publisher: Centerline Media
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $24.95
ArchitectureWeek— A guide for developers in how to stop fighting NIMBY movements and learn to navigate local politics to advantage. Instead of battling local opposition, developers can build community support and effectively use communication to manage or avoid confrontation.

Inclusive Urban Design: Public Toilets
Author: Clara Greed
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $68.35
ArchitectureWeek— Design guidance and policy direction for providing and designing public toilets, covering city-wide, district-level, and site-specific principles. The book emphasizes that toilets should not be dealt with in isolation from mainstream urban policy.

Creating Better Cities With Children and Youth: A Manual for Participation
Author: David Driskell
Publisher: Earthscan Publications
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $37.80
ArchitectureWeek— A practical manual on how to conceptualize, structure, and facilitate the participation of young people in the community development process.

Urban Environments
Author: Elisabetta Mapelli
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $75.00
ArchitectureWeek— An anthology of articles taken from recent issues of Architectural Design, this book focuses on the effect of contemporary lifestyles on the architectural and urban environment.

Urban Planning Conservation and Preservation
Author: Nahoum Cohen
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— With case studies of rehabilitation and preservation at the neighborhood scale, Cohen explains how cities and structures can be revitalized without losing their historic character.

City Comforts : How to Build an Urban Village
Author: David Sucher
Publisher: City Comforts Press
Year: 1995
Amazon Price: $18.00
ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated guide to preserving and creating walkable shopping neighborhoods.

Designing Community: Charrettes, Masterplans and Form-based Codes
Author: David Walters
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $54.95
ArchitectureWeek— Urban development and redevelopment projects can become battlegrounds between the conflicting interests of developers and communities. In the United States, design charrettes have become widely used as a means of bringing together divergent groups, using detailed design exercises to establish agreement around a development master plan. This book provides a detailed guidance on the most effective ways to conduct charrettes.

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