Native to Nowhere: Sustaining Home and Community in a Global Age / Edition 1

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Overview

Meaningful places offer a vital counterbalance to the forces of globalization and sameness that are overtaking our world, and are an essential element in the search for solutions to current sustainability challenges. In Native to Nowhere, author Tim Beatley draws on extensive research and travel to communities across North America and Europe to offer a practical examination of the concepts of place and place-building in contemporary life. Tim Beatley reviews the many current challenges to place, considers trends and factors that have undermined place and place commitments, and discusses in detail a number of innovative ideas and compelling visions for strengthening place.

Native to Nowhere brings together a wide range of new ideas and insights about sustainability and community, and introduces readers to a host of innovative projects and initiatives. Native to Nowhere is a compelling source of information and ideas for anyone seeking to resist place homogenization and build upon the unique qualities of their local environment and community.

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Editorial Reviews

Director of The Ecological Cities Project, University of Massachusetts Amherst - Rutherford H. Platt

"In Native to Nowhere, Tim Beatley offers a cornucopia of proven strategies to achieve more livable and ecological cities, expanding on his earlier landmark book, Green Urbanism. Beatley is becoming the high priest of sustainable urban design."
author of <i>The Last Refuge</i> and <i>Earth in Mind</i> - David W. Orr

"The first time through we came like a plague of locusts. Tim Beatley thinks we can do better, building great communities and prosperous economies. This is the second American Revolution!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559634533
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2004
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Sustaining place in the global age 1
2 Place basics : concepts, research, literature 25
3 Place strengthening through history and heritage 53
4 Tackling sprawl : community design, sustainability, and place 82
5 Nature and place : the role of natural environments in strengthening commitment to place 119
6 Pedestrian places 157
7 Place building through art and celebration 183
8 Learning by design : communities that teach 209
9 Strengthening place through sharing institutions 243
10 Multigenerational communities : places that sustain and cherish children, families, and the elderly 271
11 Energy and sustainable place making 293
12 The new politics of place 322
13 Renewing our place commitments 350
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