Dynamic Urban Design

A Handbook for Creating Sustainable Communities Worldwide

by Michael A. von Hausen



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/4/2013

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Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 538
ISBN : 9781475949889
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 536
ISBN : 9781475949896
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 536
ISBN : 9781475949872

About the Book

Advance Praise for Dynamic Urban Design

“Finally, in one book a complete guide to the theory, practice, and potential of urban design by one of Canada’s preeminent urban designers.”

—David R. Witty, former dean, School of Architecture, University of Manitoba, Canada

“Michael von Hausen has given us a clear and hopeful path to the creation of a sustainable urbanism, one that will be inspiring and instructive to practitioners, students, and all those who are focused on the most fundamental issue of our time.”

—Jim Adams, architect and principal, McCann Adams Studio, Austin, Texas

“Dynamic Urban Design establishes Michael von Hausen as a sustainable urban design authority. Sharing insights taken from six millennia … von Hausen articulates a clearly understandable and masterfully illustrated process.”

—Kevin Harris, architect and principal, Kevin Harris Architect, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Whether we are practicing urban designers or interested citizens, virtually all of us want to live in communities that are safe, attractive, and healthy. Yet our good intentions face conflicting goals. How are we going to improve community health, reduce crime, and improve mobility in cities while at the same time expanding our cities to accommodate growth? How are we going to do all this with seemingly limited financial resources? How do we do more with less, live within our means, and still create a higher quality of life? The list of challenges is almost endless. Urban design is emerging as a critical interface that brings various professions together to address these challenges and improve our communities.

For future human survival and quality of life, the world needs a more inclusive, rigorous, socially inspired, and comprehensive urban design model integrated with sustainable development. This book delivers that model—a reference guide for doing it right.

About the Author

Michael A. von Hausen has more than thirty years of experience teaching, training, facilitating, and practicing around the world in sustainable land development planning and urban design. He is president of MVH Urban Planning & Design Inc. and adjunct professor in the graduate Urban Studies Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Visit him online at www.mvhinc.com.