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Planning Aging-Supportive Communities (book)

Planning aging-supportive communities

 / Winick, B. H. & Jaffe, M. S. — Chicago : American Planning Association, 2015.

 99 pages : colour illustrations, colour map, appendices, bibl. —
 (Report (American Planning Association. Planning Advisory Service) ; 579)

 The report begins with an overview of U.S. demographics, concepts and programs related to aging in community. It
 discusses the key issues, research findings and recommended actions related to planning for housing, mobility
 (i.e., older motorists, pedestrians, transit riders and cyclists), the public realm and public services that accommodate
 aging in community. It also covers active aging-support programs, assessment frameworks and how to plan aging-
 supportive programs. The final chapter groups all of the general and specific strategic/process recommendations from
 previous chapters in tabular format. The appendices list resources and program websites.

Rail and the City (book)

Rail and the city: Shrinking our carbon footprint while reimagining urban space

 / Warren, R. — Cambridge, MA : MIT Press, 2014.

 1 online resource (xv, 313 pages) : index, bibl., PDF. — (Urban and industrial environments)

 The book explores how American urban areas can reduce their carbon footprint through rail transit and compact
 development. It addresses perception of cities, issues of access to rail, mobility strategies for sprawling
 development, parking challenges for compact and affordable transit-oriented development, rail transit options for
 U.S. cities, strategies to improve access to rail transit (e.g., park-and-ride and safer walking and cycling networks),
 examples of variable speeds for different settings in the U.S. and elsewhere, urban design strategies for pedestrian-
 and transit-oriented cities (e.g., traffic calming, green infrastructure and pedestrian streets), and the need to reduce
 transportation energy consumption to meet climate goals.

Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change (book)

Tactical urbanism: Short-term action for long-term change

 / Lydon, M. & Garcia, A. — Washington, DC : Island Press, 2015.

 1 online resource (xxiii, 230 pages) : illustrations (chiefly colour), bibl., PDF.

  The book defines tactical urbanism—"an approach to neighborhood building and activation using short-term, low-cost,
 and scalable interventions and policies"; explains the differences between tactical urbanism and DIY urbanism;
 highlights historical examples of informal, temporary and mobile city-building initiatives (e.g., woonerf, castra,
 bungalows, mobile libraries and play streets); explores the factors that have led to the rise of contemporary tactical
 urbanism movements in the United States; and describes the implementation, lessons learned and impact of five
 tactical urbanism projects: intersection repair, guerrilla wayfinding, Build a Better Block, park making and pavement
 to plazas. It also covers the planning and implementation process for tactical urbanism projects.

Toit urbain : les défis énergétiques et écosystémiques d'un nouveau territoire (book)

Toit urbain: Les défis énergétiques et écosystémiques d'un nouveau territoire

 / Prochazka, A., Breux, S., Griffith, C. S., & Boyer-Mercier, P. (Eds.). — Laval, QC : Presses de l'Université Laval, 2015.

 xviii, 396 pages : illustrations (certaines en couleur), cartes en couleur, tableaux, bibl. — (collection Études urbaines)

 Chapters in the first part of the book consider the need to establish sustainable development. The second part focuses
 on architectural and urban perspectives on roof design and function. The final part covers the multiple functions of the
 roof, including energy savings and green roofs. The book examines the case of Montreal, Toronto, Paris and Chicago.

Zoning Rules!: The Economics of Land Use Regulation (book)

Zoning rules!: The economics of land use regulation

 / Fischel, W. A. — Cambridge, MA : Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2015.

 xiv, 416 pages : illustrations, index, bibl.

 The book provides an overview of land use, urban expansion and zoning and land use control in the United States.
 It reviews zoning board and judicial supervision by the U.S. Supreme Court of zoning and land use planning matters.
 It explores the relationship between integrated zoning and property taxation, growth control as a "bottom-up"
 movement since the 1970s, and a framework for analyzing the economic impact of zoning based on Coase theorem.
 The analytical framework is applied in a case study of growth control in Acton, MA. It also discusses the problem of
 excessive decentralization (i.e., urban sprawl), contrasting the growth control histories of Portland, OR, with
 Houston, TX. Finally, the book considers how American zoning can shift away from growth control by reducing
 demand for growth controls.


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