Community Character: Principles for Design and Planning

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Island Press, Jun 22, 2012 - Architecture - 208 pages
Community Character provides a design-oriented system for planning and zoning communities but accounts for how people who participate in a community live, work, and shop there. The relationships that Lane Kendig defines here reflect the complexity of the interaction of the built environment with its social and economic uses, taking into account the diverse desires of municipalities and citizens. Among the many classifications for a community’s “character” are its relationship to other communities, its size and the resulting social and economic characteristics.

According to Kendig, most comprehensive plans and zoning regulations are based entirely on density and land use, neither of which effectively or consistently measures character or quality of development. As Kendig shows, there is a wide range of measures that define character and these vary with the type of character a community desires to create. Taking a much more comprehensive view, this book offers “community character” as a real-world framework for planning for communities of all kinds and sizes.

A companion book, A Practical Guide to Planning with Community Character, provides a detailed explanation of applying community character in a comprehensive plan, with chapters on designing urban, sub-urban, and rural character types, using character in comprehensive plans, and strategies for addressing characteristic challenges of planning and zoning in the 21st century.

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Why Should We Care About Community Character?
The Designers Lexicon
Community State Context and Scale
Community Character Classes and Types
Community and Regional Forms
Community Character Measurement

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About the author (2012)

Lane Kendig is the founder and former president of Kendig Keast Collaborative, a planning consulting firm with offices in Chicago, Houston, Wisconsin, and Colorado. He has been practicing and writing about the relationship between community design planning and regulatory tools for more than forty years. He is the author of Performance Zoning and Too Big, Boring, or Ugly: Planning and Design Tools to Combat Monotony, the Too-big House, and Teardowns and numerous articles.

Bret C. Keast, AICP serves as President of Kendig Keast, succeeding Lane H. Kendig upon his retirement. Bret’s practice includes 20 years of experience with a Council of Governments and Metropolitan Planning Organization, a rapidly growing suburban municipality, and an international multi-disciplinary firm.

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