Advance Praise for Dynamic Urban Design
"Finally, in one book a complete guide to the theory, practice, and potential of urban design by one of Canada's preeminent urban designers."
-David R. Witty, former dean, School of Architecture, University of Manitoba, Canada
"Michael von Hausen has given us a clear and hopeful path to the creation of a sustainable urbanism, one that will be inspiring and instructive to practitioners, students, and all those who are focused on the most fundamental issue of our time."
-Jim Adams, architect and principal, McCann Adams Studio, Austin, Texas
"Dynamic Urban Design establishes Michael von Hausen as a sustainable urban design authority. Sharing insights taken from six millennia ... von Hausen articulates a clearly understandable and masterfully illustrated process."
-Kevin Harris, architect and principal, Kevin Harris Architect, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Whether we are practicing urban designers or interested citizens, virtually all of us want to live in communities that are safe, attractive, and healthy. Yet our good intentions face conflicting goals. How are we going to improve community health, reduce crime, and improve mobility in cities while at the same time expanding our cities to accommodate growth? How are we going to do all this with seemingly limited financial resources? How do we do more with less, live within our means, and still create a higher quality of life? The list of challenges is almost endless. Urban design is emerging as a critical interface that brings various professions together to address these challenges and improve our communities.
For future human survival and quality of life, the world needs a more inclusive, rigorous, socially inspired, and comprehensive urban design model integrated with sustainable development. This book delivers that model-a reference guide for doing it right.