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"áHamdi has masterfully woven together notions of placemaking that have evolved since John Turner's classic book, Housing by People, into a new paradigm for professional practice. This book will motivate development planners, architects and community organizers not only to learn, but also to enjoy the uncertainties of development practice.' Bish Sanyal, Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology" "áNabeel Hamdi is a humane visionary who never forgets that it is the people, not the experts, who must have the loudest voices in the building of communities. This important book distils the work of a lifetime spent making the world a better place.' Tim Smit, founder of the Eden Project, UK" "áEssential reading for effectively dealing with the challenges of urban poverty reduction by learning from a wealth of global experience.' Mohamed El Sioufi, Head of the Shelter Branch, UN-Habitat" "áA must-read for anyone who has a vested interest in the process of placemaking through participatory planning - architects, designers, planners, developers, government officials, owners and users.' Professor Emeritus W. Mike Martin, University of California Berkeley, USA" "áHamdi again sets new benchmarks for his simplicity in approach, yet profundity in the underlying principles of participatory planning. Essential reading for anyone who thought they already knew everything about planning with communities.' Manu Gupta, Director SEEDS, Chairperson, Asian Disaster Reduction & Response Network" áThis book is filled with the coherent contradictions we never learned in design studio - "scaling down to scale up - work backward to move forward". It is this process of being present and attentive to the vision of the community that enables the best development workers to participate fully in the process of community based design in spite of our experience.' Steven Weir, VP Global Program Development, Habitat for Humanity International, USA.

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'Essential reading for effectively dealing with the challenges of urban poverty reduction by learning from a wealth of global experience.' - Mohamed El Sioufi, Head of the Shelter Branch, UN-HABITAT

'Nabeel Hamdi is a humane visionary who never forgets that it is the people, not the experts, who must have the loudest voices in the building of communities. This important book distils the work of a lifetime spent making the world a better place.' -Tim Smit, founder of the Eden Project, UK

'Hamdi again sets new benchmarks for his simplicity in approach, yet profundity in the underlying principles of participatory planning. Essential reading for anyone who thought they already knew everything about planning with communities.' -Manu Gupta, Director SEEDS, Chairperson, Asian Disaster Reduction & Response Network

'A must read for anyone who has a vested interest in the process of placemaking through participatory planning ... It provides through example the methods and tools for creating partnerships through participatory planning as agents of change.'- Professor Emeritus W. Mike Martin, University of California Berkeley, USA

'Based on Hamdi's extensive fieldwork in India, sir Lanka, Ecuador, Peru, South Africa and Thailand, this book will motivate development planners, Architects, and community organizers to not only learn from but also enjoy the uncertainties of the development process.' -Bish Sanyal, Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning and Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

'Filled with the coherent contradictions we never learned in design studio - 'scaling down to scale up - work backward to move forward'. Hamdi takes the reader on a transit walk through the reality of the bottom billion of the economic pyramid. It is this process of being present and attentive to the vision of the community that enables the best development workers to participate fully in the process of community based design in spite of our experience.' - Steven Weir, VP Global Program Development, Habitat for Humanity International, USA

'Overall, this easy-to-read book with a narrative style provides practical tools for urban designers, planners, architects, and other built-environment specialists. With this book, readers will be well equipped with practical techniques to understand the multifaceted dimensions of placemaking and provided with knowledge of many cases, from both global North and South, where different aspects of urban development and design have been realized worldwide.' -Mohammed Radfar, Northumbria University, Urban Research and Practice

'The Placemaker's Guide is an enjoyable and thought provoking read. It proposes a brave new world where people’s problems, needs and aspirations form the framework for design solutions.' - Jane Manning, Urban Design Group Journal

'In a book that is a compilation of his life's work and experiences, Nabeel Hamdi challenges the reader to rethink what constitutes place, who serves as the placemaker, how one creates place, and whether the lessons of the past can enable us to create sustainable and adaptable communities that nurture and are nurtured by the residents who inhabit them.' - Nina P. David, Journalof Planning Education and Research

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Meet the Author

Nabeel Hamdi qualified as an architect at the Architectural Association in London in 1968. He worked for the Greater London Council between 1969 and 1978, where his award-winning housing projects established his reputation in participatory design and planning. From 1981 to 1990 he was Associate Professor of Housing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was later awarded a Ford International Career Development Professorship.

In 1997 Nabeel won the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour for his work on Community Action Planning, and the Masters course in Development Practice that he founded at Oxford Brookes University in 1992 was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2001. He is currently Professor Emeritus at Oxford Brookes University.

Nabeel has consulted on participatory action planning and the upgrading of slums in cities to all the major international development agencies, and to charities and NGOs worldwide. He is the author of Housing without Houses (IT Publications, 1995), co-author of Making Micro Plans (IT Publications, 1988) and Action Planning for Cities (John Wiley and Sons, 1997) and editor of the collected volume Educating for Real (IT Publications 1996), and Urban Futures (Practical Action Publications 2005).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Acronyms and Abbreviations

Prologue

1 The Evolution of Development and the Placemaker's Tools 1

Part I Place, Time and Clutter: Learning from Practice

Reflection: Listening to Communicate David Sanderson Sanderson, David 18

2 The Bad, the Good and the Ugly 21

3 Profiling Vulnerability 51

Part II Placemaking and the Architecture of Opportunity

Reflection: Getting Answers to Questions You Don'Ask Anshu Sharma Sharma, Anshu 62

Introduction to Part II 64

4 Toolkits 69

5 Knowledge 77

6 Participation in Practice 87

7 Interventions: Site Plans and House Plans, Buffaloes and Mushrooms 105

Part III Placemakers: Responsible Practice and the Question of Scale

Reflection: The Invisible Stakeholder Charles Parrack Parrack, Charles 134

Introduction to Part III 135

8 PEAS and the Sociable Side of Practice 141

9 Reasoning to Scale 153

10 Targeting Constraints 161

11 Learning and Communication 169

12 Reducing Dependency, Cultivating Ownership 179

13 Building Livelihoods 185

Part IV Teaching

Reflection: The Mess of Practice Rumana Kabir Kabir, Rumana 192

14 The Interventions Studio 195

15 The Placemaker's Code 221

Notes and References 227

Index 243

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