This page contains resources related to small, adaptable buildings in the area of Urban Planning grouped by topics: Small, Adaptable, Mixed Use, Economic Opportunity, and Disaster Recovery.  Suggestions welcome!

Urban Planning > General

  • Organization: CNU
  • Site: Visualizing Density.  Also print: Julie Campoli & Alex MacLean, Visualizing Density (Lincoln 2007), 160 pages.
  • Site: Walk Score
  • Blog: New World Economics
  • Blog: Old Urbanist
  • Video: “Growing ‘In’ in the 21st Century: Incremental Growth Patterns” at CNU 20
  • E-Publication: Andrew Frey, “How Can Small Buildings Help Large-Scale Planning?“, Seven50 SE Florida Prosperity Plan, ed. Dover, Kohl (2014).
  • E-Publication: Todd Litman, “Affordable-Accessible Housing In A Dynamic City: Why and How To Increase Affordable Housing Development In Accessible Locations
  • E-Publication: Eric Raymond, “The Cathedral & The Bazaar
  • E-Publication: Community Architect blog post series about Baltimore and other rowhouses, including 2011-07-2007-2608-26, and  09-06.
  • Print: Julie Campoli, Made for Walking: Density and Neighborhood Form (Lincoln Institute 2012) 176 pages.
  • Print: Roberta Gratz, The Living City: How America’s Cities Are Being Revitalized by Thinking Small in a Big Way (Wiley 1995) 448 pages.
  • Print: Roberta Gratz, “Introduction: Authentic Urbanism and the Jane Jacobs Legacy”, Urban Villages and the Making of Communities, ed. Peter Neal (Spon 2003).
  • Print: Hans Ibelings, Ed Melet, Bernard Hulsman & Allard Jolles, Eastern Docklands Amsterdam: Urbanism and Architecture (NAi 2003) 224 pages.
  • Print: Allan Jacobs & Donald Appleyard, “Toward an Urban Design Manifesto”, APA Journal, pp 112-120.
  • Print: Jason McLennan, “Density & Sustainability: A Radical Perspective”, Trim Tab Spring 2009
  • Print: Arthur Nelson, “Leadership in a New Era“, JAPA, Vol 72, No 4, Autumn 2006, pp 393-409.
  • Print: Witold Rybczynski, “Bringing the High Line Back to Earth“, New York Times 2011-05-14 (“The High Line may be a landscaping project, but a good part of its success is due to its architectural setting, which, like the 12th Arrondissement, is crowded with interesting old and new buildings”)
  • Print: Natalie Weinberger, “The Shophouse as a Tool for Equitable Urban Development: The Case of Phnom Penh, Cambodia“, Masters thesis, University if Pennsylvania School of Design, Spring 2010.

Urban Planning > Small

Urban Planning > Adaptable

  • Print: Anne Moudon, Built for Change: Neighborhood Architecture in San Francisco (MIT Press 1989), 308 pages.
  • Print: Suleiman Osman, The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn: Gentrification and the Search for Authenticity in Postwar New York (Oxford University Press 2011), 360 pages.

Urban Planning > Mixed Use

  • Site: Testing, Testing (“People actually felt happier and more activation, excitement, and engagement standing in front of an older, more crowded, messier streetscape”)
  • E-Publication: Richard Sennett, “Why Complexity Improves the Quality of City Life” (“The Holy Grail for urban designers like myself, the quest to build truly mixed-use environments in order that the inhabitants develop a more complex, adult understanding of one another”)
  • Print: Jurgen Krusche, “Berlin ist hässlich – und das ist gut so!”, Arch+ #201/202, pp 62-65

Urban Planning > Economic Opportunity

Urban Planning > Local Government Revenue

Urban Planning > Disaster Recovery


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