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The Community Planning Handbook [Paperback]

Nick Wates
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Oct. 1 1999 1853836540 978-1853836541
Growing numbers of residents are getting involved with professionals in shaping their local environment, and there is now a powerful range of methods available, from design workshops to electronic maps. The Community Planning Handbook is the essential starting point for all those involved - planners and local authorities, architects and other practitioners, community workers, students and local residents. It features an accessible how-to-do-it style, best practice information on effective methods, and international scope and relevance. Tips, checklists and sample documents help readers to get started quickly, learn from others' experience and to select the approach best suited to their situation. The glossary, bibliography and contact details provide quick access to further information and support.

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'This excellent work shows an absolute understanding of the issues of consultation/participation' Peter Richards, Deicke Richards Architects, Australia 'A very clear, well organized and extremely useful book for those who are or who ought to be promoting democratic participation in shaping the future of our communities ... this is a book that I will recommend to clients and colleagues alike' J Gary Lawrence, President, Sustainable Strategies & Solutions, Inc, Seattle 'The clear and concise copy as well as the very appealing graphic formatting make this an excellent handbook which will be useful to so many different users in so many ways' Tony Costello, Professor of Architecture, Ball State University, USA 'A graphically pleasing publication in simple language that will get across effectively to communities, empowering them in the new 'dharma' - demand-driven planning and decision making through a participatory process.' Vinay D. Lall, Director, Society for Development Studies,New Delhi, India 'An excellent book that will have a host of valuable applications - with sufficient detail for practitioners, researchers, planners and policy makers. It is an important and timely contribution.' Jules Pretty, Director, Centre for Environment and Society,University of Essex 'In the global, cyberspace age, government and business need communities as much as communities need them. Nick Wates' timely book is essential reading for ordinary people and professionals who believe that the opportunities being thrown up by this new balance are there for the taking' Mark Hepworth, Director, The Local Futures Group, London, UK 'This book would be hard to classify as research and may be tangential to landscape studies, but it is so well conceived and useful that it deserves mention here. It describes with wonderful graphic clarity over 50 techniques for involving people in physical planning and design. These range from Art Workshops and Planning for Real exercises to Design Games and Video Soapboxes.' Ian Thompson, Landscape Research

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‘A very clear, well organized and extremely useful book for those who are or who ought to be promoting democratic participation in shaping the future of our communities. In addition to prudent principles, a well researched overview of methods and good examples of specific tools, the Scenarios section demonstrates how the various methods described can be mixed and matched to meet the unique circumstances found in any community. With its emphasis on flexibility and adaptation in the face of experience, this is a book that I will recommend to clients and colleagues alike’
J Gary Lawrence, President, Sustainable Strategies & Solutions, Inc, Seattle

‘The clear and concise copy as well as the very appealing graphic formatting make this an excellent handbook which will be useful to so many different users in so many ways’
Tony Costello, Professor of Architecture, Ball State University, USA

‘This excellent work shows an absolute understanding of the issues of consultation/participation’
Peter Richards, Deicke Richards Architects, Australia

‘This is the best practical guide to running a community planning event, and a must for community groups and councils both in the UK and abroad’
Roger Evans, Chairman, Urban Design Group

'An accessible how-to-do-it style, with tips, checklists and sample documents help readers to get started quickly, learn from others’ experience and select the approach best suited to their situation. The glossary, bibliography and contact details allow them to find further resources and information. This handbook is essential for all those involved in shaping their local environment - planners, architects, community workers, local authorities and residents - and a useful reference for students.'

‘Attractively laid out with illustrations, graphics and sample documents… [it’s] informative, accessible and worthwhile’ Housing
‘This handbook is for planners, local authorities, architects, community workers, students and local residents’
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’An excellent guidebook in new planning method.’
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‘valuable not only for specialists but also for any general reader interested in the most pressing global environmental problems and in the inadequacies and inequities in the means proposed to address them’
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5.0 out of 5 stars easy to follow April 20 2001
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This book offers lots of general principles, methods and scenarios to help people who are interested in community planning as soon as possible to get involved. It also makes links between those principles, methods and scenarios with each other in order to make them more useful and easy to apply. The last part-appendices can combine all those above mention to a practice situation. This is a very useful handbook, in my personal opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource for conducting citizen consultation & engagement into neighbourhood development. April 27 2007
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This book is the A-Z of community lead local planning. It includes 200 pages of concise and clearly explained principles, methods, example scenarios, forms, check lists, a glossary, contacts and other incredibly useful how-to resources. This manual is very useful for urban planning consultants, progressive municipal authorities and communities leaders that want to ensure the voice of the people who will be affected by local construction are part of the decision making process. Nick Wates writes from a perspective of real world experience with lots of practical tips for situations that vary from ideal community owned projects to last minute public consultation in a traditional city planing process.

"The Community Planning Handbook" is designed to be easily searched for ideas and practical direction in planning and organizing events, managing processes and establishing organizations to involve and empower citizens to give informed direction to the designs and implementation of changes to the architecture in their communities. The text is written from a UK perspective although there is considerable effort made to include photos and context from other nations, especially from rural villages in places like China, India, Fiji, Kenya and the Philippines. Jeremy Brook's graphical design is very user friendly with hundreds of illustrative photos, diagrams, time lines and information boxes.

Although "The Community Planning Handbook" is written within a limited scope of physical planning and design for villages, towns and cities, many of the principles, methods and suggestions are still applicable to other situations of participatory planning, such as public policy and organizational change. If you want to help manage organization and community efforts that are bottom-up, buy this book and keep it on your desk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars easy to follow April 20 2001
By Ya-wen Hsiao - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book offers lots of general principles, methods and scenarios to help people who are interested in community planning as soon as possible to get involved. It also makes links between those principles, methods and scenarios with each other in order to make them more useful and easy to apply. The last part-appendices can combine all those above mention to a practice situation. This is a very useful handbook, in my personal opinion.
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