July 23, 2015

A New Book from Larry Beasley and Jonathan Barnett

ECODESIGN FOR CITIES AND SUBURBS

By Jonathan Barnett and Larry Beasley

eco In their new book, Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs, Barnett and Beasley show how ecodesign helps adapt the design of our built environment to both a changing climate and a rapidly growing world, creating more desirable places in the process. In six comprehensively illustrated chapters, the authors explain ways to:

  • Preserve and restore natural systems while also adapting to climate change;
  • Minimize congestion on highways and at airports by balancing the transportation system with transit, particularly BRT and improved passenger rail, by making it easier and safer to walk and cycle, and by making places more compact;
  • Craft and manage regulations to create more desirable places and fulfill consumer preferences, while meeting economic constrains and creating development incentives;
  • Make an inviting and environmentally responsible public realm from parks to streets to forgotten spaces; and – most importantly – the authors then explain, in their final chapter, how to implement these concepts.

Throughout the book, the ecodesign framework is demonstrated by innovative practices that are already underway or have been accomplished in many cities and suburbs—from Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm to False Creek North in Vancouver to Battery Park City in Manhattan, as well as many smaller-scale examples that can be adopted in any community.

Order here.

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Stay tuned for announcement of an SFU City Program lecture with Larry and Jonathan.  Mark September 2 in your calendar.

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