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Urbanism without effort : reconnecting with first principles of the city

Author: Charles R Wolfe
Publisher: Washington, DC : Island Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Revised editionView all editions and formats
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"How do you create inviting and authentic urban environments where people feel at home? Countless community engagement workshops, studies by consulting firms, and downtown revitalization campaigns have attempted to answer this age-old question. In Urbanism Without Effort, Chuck Wolfe argues that 'unplanned' places can often teach us more about great placemaking than planned ones. From impromptu movie nights in a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles R Wolfe
ISBN: 9781610919692 1610919696
OCLC Number: 1030342247
Description: xii, 155 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface to the revised edition --
Introduction --
1. The dynamic potential of urbanism without effort --
2. Observing urbanism without effort at work : the human experience --
3. Capturing the best urban diary examples --
4. Lessons learned, collecting the diaries --
Closing.
Responsibility: text and photographs by Charles R. Wolfe.

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A leader in urban planning draws inspiration from the world's best "unplanned" places.  Read more...

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"Readers will come away motivated to find, experience and document their own favourite places and find ways to apply effortless urbanism in their own neighbourhood."--Spacing "A plea for a renewed Read more...

 
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