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2nd Edition

Design for Social Diversity

ISBN 9781138216136
Published March 12, 2018 by Routledge
228 Pages

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Book Description

The most successful urban communities are very often those that are the most diverse – in terms of income, age, family structure and ethnicity – and yet poor urban design and planning can stifle the very diversity that makes communities successful. Just as poor urban design can lead to sterile monoculture, successful planning can support the conditions needed for diverse communities.

This new edition addresses the physical requirements of socially diverse neighborhoods. Using the city of Chicago and its surrounding suburban areas as a case study, the authors investigate whether social diversity is related to particular patterns and structures found within the urban built environment. Design for Social Diversity provides urban designers and architects with design strategies and tools to ensure that their work sustains and nurtures social diversity.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Social Diversity and Design

Part One: The Argument

2. Separation Vs. Diversity

3. Why Diversity?

4. Why Design

Part Two: The Context

5. Patterns

6. The Interviews

Part Three: The Strategies

7. Mix

8. Connection

9. Security

10. Conclusion: Policy And Process

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Emily Talen is Professor of Urbanism at the University of Chicago. Her research is devoted to urban design and urbanism, especially the relationship between the built environment and social equity. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Sungduck Lee is Lecturer in Architecture at Iowa State University. Her research focuses on exploring the fundamental elements of urban morphology and its influence on social, economic, and environmental aspects. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning from Arizona State University with an emphasis on urban design and urbanism.