Community Design: A Team Approach to Dynamic Community Systems

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Community design has grown in importance in the public policy agenda over the past decade. This book focuses on the author's experience and work in Minnesota where a design team of architects, planners, and economic and community development practitioners provided planning and design assistance to local communities. The book explores the advantages of a systems approach to community design and uses the work of the Minnesota team to consider the issues involved in the implementation of successful community design.

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Presents a way of analyzing communities for the purpose of designing a sustained community. Readers are encouraged to rethink the shape and shaping of their communities by looking at "community" in a holistic and multidisciplinary manner. Discusses defining community, understanding its history and problems that affect it, examining its visual aspects, and obtaining citizen opinion throughout the process of becoming sustainable. For students, academics, local policy makers, and citizens interested in creating a vision for communities. Mehrhoff teaches American studies and local and urban affairs in the Center for Community Studies at Saint Cloud State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

PART ONE: THE NEED FOR COMMUNITY DESIGN
The Third Wave
A Changing American Landscape
Commmunity
A Wave or a Particle?
Is There a Place for Places in the Community?
PART TWO: METHODS OF COMMUNITY DESIGN
Action Research
The Foundation of Community Design
Community in the Third Dimension
Gauging Community Opinion
You've Gotta Have Connections
Community Design as a Healing Process

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