1st Edition

Planning Small and Mid-Sized Towns Designing and Retrofitting for Sustainability

By Avi Friedman Copyright 2014
    238 Pages 50 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    238 Pages 50 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Small and mid-sized suburban towns house two-thirds of the world’s population and current modes of planning for these municipalities are facing challenges of both philosophy and form. Common approaches that have prevailed in past decades no longer sustain new demands and require innovative thinking. Rather than dismissing small and mid-sized towns as unattractive suburban sprawl, Planning Small and Mid-Sized Towns offers ideas and methods on how small isolated and edge towns can be designed and retooled into sustainable, affordable and adaptable communities.

    Coverage includes:

    • the evolution of small towns
    • mobility and connectivity
    • neighborhood and sustainable dwelling design
    • town centers and urban renewal
    • economic sustainability and wealth generation, and more.

    With numerous case studies from North America and Europe and over 150 color photographs, maps, and illustrations, Planning Small and Mid-Sized Towns is a valuable, practical resource for professional planners and urban designers, as well as students in these disciplines.

    Preface Acknowledgment Chapter 1: Affixing a Lens Chapter 2: Form and Function Chapter 3: Green Small Towns Chapter 4: Moving Around Chapter 5: Dwelling in Small Towns Chapter 6: Strengthening Core Areas Chapter 7: Wealth Generation Chapter 8: People, Places and Well-Being Bibliography Projects Teams Illustrations Credits Index



    Avi Friedman, Ph.D., studied architecture and town planning in Italy, Israel, and Canada. In 1988 he founded the Affordable Homes Program at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Over several decades he consulted many small towns on sustainable planning and urban renewal issues. He published extensively in academic and trade publications and has authored 14 books including Sustainable Residential Development (McGraw-Hill) and Town and Terraced Housing: For Affordability and Sustainability (Routledge). He is also a practicing architect and a planner and the recipient of many awards, including the Manning Innovation Award and the World Habitat Award. In 2000 he was selected by Wallpaper magazine as one of ten people from around the world ‘most likely to change the way we live.’