1st Edition

Community Green Rediscovering the Enclosed Spaces of the Garden Suburb Tradition

By David Nichols, Robert Freestone Copyright 2024
    288 Pages 121 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    288 Pages 121 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Neighbourhood open space ranks highly as a key component in suburban liveability assessments, originating from the development of urban planning as a profession and the proliferation of the garden suburb. Community Green uniquely connects the past, present and future of planning for small open spaces around the narrative of internal reserves.

    The distinctive planned spaces are typically enclosed on every side, hidden within residential blocks, serving as local pocket parks and reflecting the evolving values of community life from the garden city movement to contemporary new urbanism. This book resuscitates the enclosed, almost secretive reserve from history as a distinctive form of local open space whose problems and potentialities are relevant to many other green community spaces. In so doing, it opens up even wider connections between localism and globalism, the past and the future, and for connecting community initiatives to broader global challenges of cohesion, health, food, and climate change. This fully illustrated book charts the outcomes and implications of this evolution across several continents, injecting human stories of civic initiatives, struggles and triumphs along the way.

    Community Green will be of interest to a wide readership interested in studying, managing and improving the quality of all small open spaces in the urban landscape.

    Introduction  1. Making the ‘superblock’ 1890-1915  2. Essential elements? The 1920s  3. Diffusion, diffraction, debate, decline and discovery: 1930-1960  4. The in-between realm: the 1960s and 70s  5. New Urbanism and new ways forward: 1980 to today  6. Remake, remodel, reimagine


    David Nichols is Associate Professor in Urban Planning in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

    Robert Freestone is Professor of Planning in the Faculty of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.