Building Commons and Community

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New Village Press, 2007 - Education - 222 pages
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Building Commons and Community documents 45 years of the late Karl Linn's legacy creating neighborhood spaces for communities and by communities. In this richly-illustrated landscape-format hardcover book, Linn presents his philosophies and practical wisdom to help people use the resources they find in their own surroundings to create welcoming shared spaces.

In addition to an extensive addendum of resources for creating community commons, this work contains colorful photo-essay case studies of projects that cross boundaries between professional design and neighborhood activism provide inspiration and guidance for citizens and professionals who wish to collaborate to strengthen communities. Projects include community gardens, playgrounds, parks and other gathering places built on derelict or unused property by the people who use them.

Landscape architect and child psychologist Karl Linn (1923-2005) was a beloved, down-to-earth, visionary leader of grassroots community building, who brought life to economically disenfranchised neighborhoods in cities from Boston to Berkeley. His book documents the creativity and ingenuity of working-class citizens, students and volunteer professionals who transformed derelict vacant lots and drab institutional settings into colorful and lively community commons in Boston, New York, Newark, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Louisville KY, Pittsburgh, Columbus OH, Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco and Berkeley.

 

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Contents

IntroductIon 8 Photo essays oF commons Projects
8
a cluster oF neIghborhood commons
15
Karl linn community garden commons
21
Peralta and northside community art garden commons 24 berkeley ecohouse
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ohlone greenway natural and cultural history exhibit
69
lastIng commons
79
the Pilot Project 80 neighborhood commons in Perspective lessons learned in the 1960s
80
campusneighborhood Peace commons and campus commons
98
symposium on children nature and the urban environment
147
the Peoples convention
159
healthy cities commons
173
technologIes For creatIng Instant commons
187
FoundatIons oF commons buIldIng 198 ePIlogue by Carl Anthony
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aFterword by Nicole Milner
207
acKnowledgments
212
resources 214 IndeX
214

Pueblo city commons cluster
116
temPorary commons For sPecIal occasIons
122
martin luther King jr memorial commons
135
about the author
221
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Karl Linn (1923-2005) was a beloved visionary leader in grassroots community building. He brought life to economically disenfranchised communities in nine American cities through innovative community design-and-build centers, playgrounds, gardens and community gathering places. Earlier careers include tenured professor, landscape architect, and psychoanalyst (co-founding a school for emotionally disturbed children).

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