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Books on community design

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Useful Books

  • Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett – Considered by some to be the best book on social design going. Lots of good practical design advise with plans and pictures galore. Highly recommended.
  • Senior Cohousing; A Community Approach to Independent Living Charles Durrett – a more recent book on cohousing for seniors. This book is a must for any community that wants to be more inclusive of seniors or anyone less able to care for themselves.
  • A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction Christopher Alexander 1977 Oxford University Press. – This is a classic text. It has lots of good advice in it but takes a fair amount of effort to dig it out.
  • Small Houses Fine Homebuilding 1992 Tauton Press – Some good practical advice and interesting designs for small spaces.
  • Rebuilding Community in America: Housing for Ecological Living, Personal Empowerment and the New Extended Family Ken Norwood & Kathleen Smith 1995 – From the founder of the Shared Living Resource Center in Berkeley a comprehensive approach to planning, organizing and designing for sustainability.
  • The Efficient House Sourcebook Robert Sardinsky & the Rocky Mountain Institute. 1992. 1739 Snowmass creek rd., Snowmass, CO, 81654. Also quarterly newsletter.
  • Small Spaces Azbt Brown. 1993
  • Housing as if People Mattered Clare Marcus 1986 University of California Berkeley Press.
  • Gray World, Green Heart: Technology, Nature and sustainability in the Landscape R.L. Thayer 1993. John Wiley and Sons. Deals with site planning and has a good bibliography.
  • Design with Nature Ian McHard 1969 Doubleday/Natural History Press.
  • Collaborative Communities: Cohousing, Central Living and Other New Forms of Housing With Shared Facilities Dorit Fromm 1991 Van Nostrand Press.