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Design for Ecological Democracy

ISBN-10: 0262515008
ISBN-13: 9780262515009
Edition: 2010
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Description: Winner, 2007 Davidoff Award presented by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), Winner, Scholarly Illustrated Category, 2007 AAUP Book Jacket and Journal Show. and Winner of the Architecture & Urban Planning category in the 2006  More...

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 9/24/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.498
Language: English

Winner, 2007 Davidoff Award presented by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), Winner, Scholarly Illustrated Category, 2007 AAUP Book Jacket and Journal Show. and Winner of the Architecture & Urban Planning category in the 2006 Professional/Scholarly Publishing Annual Awards Competition presented by the Association of American Publishers, Inc. Over the last fifty years, the process of community building has been lost in the process of city building. City and suburban design divides us from others in our communities, destroys natural habitats, and fails to provide a joyful context for our lives. In Design for Ecological Democracy, Randolph Hester proposes a remedy for our urban anomie. He outlines new principles for urban design that will allow us to forge connections with our fellow citizens and our natural environment. He demonstrates these principles with abundantly illustrated examples-drawn from forty years of design and planning practice-showing how we can design cities that are ecologically resilient, that enhance community, and that give us pleasure. Hester argues that it is only by combining the powerful forces of ecology and democracy that the needed revolution in design will take place. Democracy bestows freedom; ecology creates responsible freedom by explaining our interconnectedness with all creatures. Hester's new design principles are founded on three fundamental issues that integrate democracy and ecology: enabling form, resilient form, and impelling form. Urban design must enable us to be communities rather than zoning-segregated enclaves and to function as informed democracies. A simple bench at a centrally located post office, for example, provides an opportunity for connection and shared experience. Cities must be ecologically resilient rather than ecologically imperiled, adaptable to the surrounding ecology rather than dependent on technological fixes. Resilient form turns increased urban density, for example, into an advantage. And cities should impel us by joy rather than compel us by fear; good cities enrich us rather than limit us. Design for Ecological Democracyis essential reading for designers, planners, environmentalists, community activists, and anyone else who wants to improve a local community.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The State of American Habitation
Ecological Democracy
Life, Death, and Rebirth of Ecological Democracy
The Marriage of Necessity and Happiness
Design of City and Landscape Together
Enabling, Resilient, and Impelling Form
Enabling Form: �We Got to Know Our Neighbors�
Resilient Form: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Sustainable Happiness
Impelling Form: �Make a City to Touch the People's Hearts�
The Global Design Process
The Focus Is Design
This Book Is for Students of Ecological Democracy
Enabling Form: �We Got to Know Our Neighbors�
Centeredness
Ten Rules for Good Centers
Sociopetal Places, Forming Open Circles
Places for Community Rituals
Nourishing Centeredness Every Day
Connectedness
Independent Adjacencies
What Goes Together and What Doesn't
Transportation and Community That Unify
Chains, Webs, Flows, Networks, Cycles, and Recycles
Resource Footprints
Wildlife Habitats
Ecological Thinking
Mutualism and Glocalization
Outside the Confines of the Box
Things That Don't Go Together but Might
Finding Fish Heads and Tails
The Lost Mountain, the Power Map, and the Dirt Contractor
Fairness
Accessibility
Inclusion
Equal Distribution of Resources and Amenities
Paying Attention to Design
Mapping Injustices
Fair Landscapes Empower
Sensible Status Seeking
Forming Communities to Be What They Are
Lessons from Poverty
Taking Root
Small Is Often Beautiful
Rare and Commonplace Beauty
Conspicuous Nonconsumption
Inclusive Heterogeneity
Dirty Enough to Be Happy
Healthy Status Seeking
Sacredness
Sacredness Expresses Our Essential Nature
Uncovering Sacredness
Transformative Community Awareness
Preservation
Design Gestalt
Recurring Center
Natural Boundary
Connections to Community, Ancestors, and Spirits
Particularness
Design Inspiration
A Higher Purpose for Vexing Problems
Resilient Form: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Sustainable Happiness
Particularness
Bioregional Distinction
Topographic Typologies and Willful Water
Peculiar Forms of Conserving, Recycling, and Repairing
Meditations, Imaginings, and Similar Someplace Else
Time Lapse and Previous Catastrophes
Particularness Provides Goodness of Fit
Selective Diversity
Biological Diversity
Cultural Diversity
Global Heterogenization and Glocal Design
The Landscape Form of a Diversified Economy
Social Ecotones of Mixed-Use Neighborhoods
How Much Diversity Is Enough?
Intergenerational and Social-Class Diversity
Seeding Diversity
Density and Smallness
Concentrated Density Creates Resilience
The Conspiracy against Density
Net, Perceived, and Affective Density
Making Density Desirable
Provide for Piracy
Hide Density
Green the Neighborhood
Acquire Big Nature
Identify the Neighborhood and the Block
Create the Center
I Beg Your Pardon
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
Limited Extent
Two Excellences Make a Singular Resilience
From Settlement to Edge City and Fat Suburb
Three Questions of Size
Appropriate Size
The Outer Limits of Regional Carrying Capacity
Appropriate Size
Internal Limits on Optimal City Size
Reconfiguring Megacities
Inside and Outside
Cities Approaching 250,000 People
Appropriate Size
Small Towns in Regional Form
Creating a Big Wild Greenbelt for Los Angeles
The Essential Scales for Governing Ecological Democracy
A Mollusk, a Crustacean, a Flat Worm, and Tocqueville
Adaptability
Flexibile City Form from Natural Places
Landscapes of Adaptability
Emptiness
Landscape and Building
Priority Framework and Piecemeal Intricacy
Continuous Experiment, Adaptive Management, and Windows of Opportunity
Choice
Impelling Form: �Make a City to Touch the People's Hearts�
Everyday Future
Designing for What People Do All Day
Integrating Present Experience with Change
Marking Time
Inspiring Visionary Futures with the Everyday
Everyday Lessons for Designers
Naturalness
Naturopathy
Naturism
Naturalization
The Form to Arouse Naturalness
The Natural Park
Naturalness Impels
Inhabiting Science
Urban Ecological Illiteracy
Native Wisdom, Science, and the Language of Ecological Democracy
How Science Is Inhabited
What We Need to Know
Learning from the Urban Landscape
Discovery Landscapes
Cultivating Landscapes
Instructive Landscapes
Scientific Landscapes
Argumentative Landscapes
LA96C
Reciprocal Stewardship
Stewarding and Stewarded
Native Stewardship Meets Freedom to Withdraw from Civic Life
Ecological Necessity and Voluntary Stewardship
The Garden Patch
Active Responsibility
Pacing
Light Speed and Snail's Pace
Dwelling Pace
Learning to Walk
Slouching toward Obesity at Car Speed
Remedial and Preventive Prescriptions
Pathfinders Curb the Car
Living Syphonic Sequences
Metamorphic Walks
Grounded
Walk All Over
Epilogue
Notes
References and Suggested Reading
Image Credits
Index

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