March 26, 2011

New Titles from APA

New Books

Reconsidering Jane Jacobs
Edited by Max Page and Timothy Mennel
Fifty years after the publication of her most influential book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs is perhaps the most widely read urbanist ever. Her ideas contributed to the wholesale reevaluation of the tenets of contemporary planning: urban renewal, public housing, highways, and zoning. It is hard to imagine the renewed appreciation of neighborhood life, the rejection of urban renewal and public housing complexes, and the rise of the New Urbanist movement without Jane Jacobs. It may be hard to imagine gated communities, gentrification, and the Disneyfication of urban centers without her as well.

Reconsidering Jane Jacobs gives this important thinker the respect she deserves, reminding planning professionals of the full range and complexity of her ideas and offering thoughtful critiques on the unintended consequences of her ideas on cities and planning today. It also looks at the international relevance-or lack thereof-of her work, with essays on urbanism in Abu Dhabi, Argentina, China, the Netherlands, and elsewhere. Contributors include a range of urbanists, planners, and scholars, including Thomas Campanella, Jill L. Grant, Richard Harris, Nathan Cherry, Peter Laurence, Jane M. Jacobs, and others. $29.95 ($19.95 APA Member)

The Evolution of Urban Form: Typology for Planners and Architects
By Brenda Case Scheer, AICP
Why are so many of our urban environments so resistant to change? Brenda Case Scheer tackles this question in her comprehensive guide for planners, designers, and students concerned with how cities take shape. This book provides a fundamental understanding of how physical environments are created, changed, and transformed through ordinary processes over time. Most of the built environment adheres to a few physical patterns, or types, that occur over and over. Planners and architects, consciously and unconsciously, refer to building types as they work through urban design problems and regulations. Suitable for professional planners, architects, urban designers, and students, The Evolution of Urban Form includes practical examples of how typology is critical to analytical, design, and regulatory situations. $46.95 ($31.95 APA Member).

The Planners Guide to CommunityViz
By Doug Walker and Tom Daniels.
The Planners Guide to CommunityViz is the first book to explain how to support planning projects with CommunityViz, GIS-based software that planners around the world are using to help decision-makers, professionals, and the public visualize, analyze, and communicate about development proposals, future growth patterns, and the outcome of particular plans or developments. It shows the planner which tools and techniques to use and how to use them for maximum effectiveness on planning projects large and small. $39.95 ($27.95 APA Member)

The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods
By John McKnight and Peter Block
Published by Berret-Koehler & APA Planners Press
The Abundant Community reveals the invisible but immense impact that consumerism has had on the fabric of our families and communities, and recommends how we can create richer, more fulfilling lives and break our dependency on the consumer economy. $16.95 ($14.95 APA Member)

New Reports

Hazard Mitigation: Integrating Best Practices into Planning (PAS 560)
Edited by James C. Schwab, AICP
This report prepared by APA and supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), seeks to close the gap that often exists between hazard mitigation planning and other local planning and regulatory land-use processes. It introduces hazard mitigation as a vital area of practice for planners; provides guidance on how to integrate hazard mitigation strategies into comprehensive, area, and functional plans; and shows where hazard mitigation can fit into zoning and subdivision codes. $60

Fiscal Impact Analysis: Methodologies for Planners (PAS 561)
By L. Carson Bise II
Written by the leading national practitioner of fiscal impact analyses, this report gives planners a complete understanding of why fiscal impact analyses are so important and how they can better design and execute them in their communities. The common methodologies are explained, critiqued, and put under a microscope, so that planners can see the impact of each component on the resulting analysis. $40

Planners and Planes: Airports and Land-Use Compatibility (PAS 562)
By Susan M. Schalk, AICP, and Stephanie A.D. Ward, AICP
The premise of this report is that airport planners and community planners must work together as partners during the development of planning processes in order to weave a community's vision, strategies, and values together with those embedded in airport planning. $40

Urban Agriculture: Growing Healthy, Sustainable Places (PAS 563)
By Kimberley Hodgson, AICP, Marcia Caton, and Martin Bailkey.
Because urban agriculture entails the use of urban land, it has implications for urban land-use planning, which is controlled and regulated by municipal governments and planning agencies. This report provides authoritative guidance for dealing with the implications of this cutting-edge practice that is changing our cities forever. $60


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