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Good Urbanism

Six Steps to Creating Prosperous Places

Ellin, Nan

2013, XIV, 174 p.


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  • The theories presented in the well-reviewed Integral Urbanism are expanded upon and applied to real projects
  • Offers a six-step process for achieving good urbanism clearly applied within case studies by use of process icons
  • Nan Ellin is a seasoned author who is well recognized in academic and professional circles

We all have a natural nesting instinct—we know what makes a good place. And a consensus has developed among urban planners and designers about the essential components of healthy, prosperous communities. So why aren’t these ideals being put into practice?

In Good Urbanism, Nan Ellin identifies the obstacles to creating thriving environments, and presents a six-step process to overcome them: prospect, polish, propose, prototype, promote, present. She argues that we need to reach beyond conventional planning to cultivate good ideas and leverage the resources to realize them.

Ellin illustrates the process with ten exemplary projects, from Envision Utah to Open Space Seattle. Each case study shows how to pair vision with practicality, drawing on our best natural instincts and new planning tools.

For planners, urban designers, community developers, and students of these fields, Ellin’s innovative approach offers an inspired, yet concrete path to building good places.

Content Level » Lower undergraduate

Keywords » Community design - Integral urbanism - Urban design - Urban planning

Related subjects » Ecology - Environmental Sciences - Renewable and Green Energy

Table of contents 


1 Introduction

2 Urban Desiderata: A Path toward Prosperity

3 The Tao of Urbanism: Rendering the Latent Manifest and the Possible Inevitable

Case Studies: The High Line, Canalscape

4 Co-Creation: From Egosystem to Ecosystem

Case Studies: Civic Center, Envision Utah, BIMStorm and Onuma System

5 Going with the Flow: The New Design with Nature

Case Studies: Open Space Seattle 2100, The CEDAR Approach, University of Arkansas Community Design Center

6 The Art of Urbanism: A Practice Primer

Case Studies: Sunrise Park, Groundwork

7 From Good to Great Urbanism: Beyond Sustainability to Prosperity

8 Sideways Urbanism: Rotating the Pyramid

9 Conclusion

Appendix A: Themes/Features of Good Urbanism

Appendix B: Good Urbanism Is




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