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How to improve the quality of life in a fixed environment is a challenge to city planners, designers, architects, and social activists alike. Renewal-urban or rural-requires a new set of tools and ideas, and this book describes a number of successful attempts at renewal and sets out a blueprint for future endeavors. In their global scope, the authors, cofounders of the British consulting firm General Public Agency, emphasize "transferable strategies," e.g., the use of a children's merry-go-round to pump clean water, the ecological restoration of a major park in Mexico applying age-old agricultural techniques in a modern environment, and the transformation of a massive, empty steelworks in Germany's Ruhr Valley into public green spaces with evolving processes and community involvement. More than 20 case studies are divided into five parts: "Utility," "Citizenship," "Rural," "Identity," and "Urban." The common theme is that imagination, with minimal resources, can produce maximum results. A useful book for collections dealing with social and environmental issues, urban and rural community planning, and ecological concerns.