Visions For a New American Dream
Process, Principles, and an Ordinance to Plan and Design Small Communities
This book shows you how to combine the best design principles of the past with the technological advances of the present to achieve a more satisfying community environment.
Anton Nelessen advocates design by democracy: involving citizens and public officals in planning and designing their own communities. He describes techniques planners can use to help residents create a common vision. Nelessen has successfully used these techniques â€” the Visual Preference Survey and Hands-on Model Building Workshop â€” in seminars and workshops for more than 25 years.
Visions for a New American Dreamoutlines a seven-step planning and design process for creating three basic types of traditional small communities: hamlets, villages, and neighborhoods. Nelessen presents 10 design principles â€” ranging from humanism and ecological responsibility to open space design and community focus â€” to help planners and designers turn a community's common vision into reality.
Visions for a New American Dreamis extensively illustrated with photographs, diagrams, and maps. This is must reading for all planners, designers, public officals, and citizens who want to envision and direct the future of their communities.
Table of Contents
1. The Process 2. Definitions and Program Characteristics Step I and II: Understanding The Biography of The Past-- Analyzing the Problems 3. A Biography of The Past 4. Analyzing the Past to Better Plan and Design The Future Step III: Creating a Common Vision 5. Visions for The New American Dream: Design by Democracy Step IV: Analysis and Application of The Potentials 6. Potentials for Positive Development or Redevelopment Step V: Designing a Small Community Using The Ten Design Principles 7. Designing a Small Community Using The Ten Design Principles Step VI: Writing and Illustrating Codes 8. Revising Your Ordinance Step VII: The Submission and Approval Process 9. Approval Process and Submission 10. An Optimistic Future