Short-term Action for Long-term Change

Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia; Foreword by Andres Duany

In the twenty-first century, cities worldwide must respond to a growing and diverse population, ever-shifting economic conditions, new technologies, and a changing climate. Short-term, community-based projects—from pop-up parks to open...

256 pages
6.5 x 8.375
Full color, 96 illustrations

The Ecological Design and Planning Reader

From Henry David Thoreau to Rachel Carson, writers have long examined the effects of industrialization and its potential to permanently alter the world around them. Today, as we experience rapid global urbanization, pressures on the natural...

632 pages
7 x 10
21 photos, 51 illustrations

A Guide to Public-Private Partnerships

America’s landscape is undergoing a profound transformation as demand grows for a different kind of American Dream--smaller homes on smaller lots, multifamily options, and walkable neighborhoods. This trend presents a tremendous opportunity...

200 pages
6 x 9
30 photos and illustrations

Planning for Community Resilience
A Handbook for Reducing Vulnerability to Disasters

How can we plan and design stronger communities? From New Orleans to Galveston to the Jersey Shore, communities struck by natural disasters struggle to recover long after the first responders have left. Globally, the average annual number of...

256 pages
7 x 10
12 photos, 68 illustrations

Public Produce by Darrin Nordahl | An Island Press book
Cultivating Our Parks, Plazas, and Streets for Healthier Cities

Plum and pear trees shade park benches in Kamloops, British Columbia. Tomatoes and cucumbers burst forth from planters at City Hall in Provo, Utah. Strawberries and carrots flourish along the sunny sidewalks of a Los Angeles neighborhood....

224 pages
5.5 x 8.25
29 photos, 4 illustrations

During his three terms as mayor of Curitiba, Brazil in the 1970s and ‘80s, architect and urbanist Jaime Lerner transformed his city into a global model of the sustainable and livable community. From the pioneering Bus Rapid Transit system...

160 pages
5.25 x 8.125
Full color, 42 photos, 3 illustrations

Blue Urbanism
Exploring Connections Between Cities and Oceans

What would it mean to live in cities designed to foster feelings of connectedness to the ocean? As coastal cities begin planning for climate change and rising sea levels, author Timothy Beatley sees opportunities for rethinking the relationship...

216 pages
6 x 9
44 photos, 1 illustration

Geography, Law, and Public Policy

The intersection between geography and law is a critical yet often overlooked element of land-use decisions, with a widespread impact on how societies use the land, water, and biodiversity around them. Land Use and Society, Third Edition...

320 pages
7 x 10
33 photos, 32 illustrations

Next Generation Infrastructure
Principles for Post-Industrial Public Works

The 2007 bridge collapse in Minneapolis-St. Paul quickly became symbolic of the debilitated interstate highway system—and of what many critics see as America’s disinvestment in its infrastructure. The extreme vulnerability of single-...

264 pages
7 x 10
23 photos, 7 illustrations

Site Design for Multifamily Housing
Creating Livable, Connected Neighborhoods

The United States is over eighty percent urbanized, yet over half of the population still lives in suburban settings, characterized by low-density, automobile-dependent development with separated land uses. These disconnected and isolated...

168 pages
8.5 x 11
121 photos, 33 illustrations

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