Six Steps to Creating Prosperous Places
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We all have a natural nesting instinct—we know what makes a good place. And a consensus has developed among urban planners and designers about the essential components of healthy, prosperous communities. So why aren’t these ideals being put into practice?
In Good Urbanism, Nan Ellin identifies the obstacles to creating thriving environments, and presents a six-step process to overcome them: prospect, polish, propose, prototype, promote, present. She argues that we need to reach beyond conventional planning to cultivate good ideas and leverage the resources to realize them.
Ellin illustrates the process with ten exemplary projects, from Envision Utah to Open Space Seattle. Each case study shows how to pair vision with practicality, drawing on our best natural instincts and new planning tools.
For planners, urban designers, community developers, and students of these fields, Ellin’s innovative approach offers an inspired, yet concrete path to building good places.
Emily Talen, Professor, Arizona State University and author of City Rules
Michael Sorkin, President, Terreform, and Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design, CUNY
Journal of Planning Education and Research
Midwest Book Review
Eugenie Birch, Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania
Jon Lang, Emeritus Professor, University of New South Wales, Sydney