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Making Community Design Work

A Guide for Planners

By Umut Toker

Making Community Design Work shows how planners can guide the process toward effective decision making and beneficial community design.

Published by APA Planners Press , 2012

Format: Paperback , 232 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-611900-02-6

Quick order code: A00026

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Since the earliest settlements, people have deliberated the issues that affect their future together. Making Community Design Work shows how planners can guide the process toward effective decision making and beneficial community design.

This well-crafted book distills decades of community design experience into a sound conceptual framework of value to practicing planners as well as planning students. Umut Toker covers a broad range of planning scales and introduces field-tested tools for participatory decision making at regional, city, community, and site-specific levels.

To succeed, any planning project must address both the physical space and its users. From setting goals to evaluating results, Making Community Design Work helps planners navigate the process of creating environments that meet the needs of the people they serve.

Click here to read an excerpt from Making Community Design Work.

About the Author

Umut TokerUmut Toker is associate professor of city and regional planning in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at California Polytechnic State University.

He has been involved with several design projects such as the Concept Plans for Downtown Delano and Traver, California; Urban Revitalization of Downtown Mebane, North Carolina; and Sandhills Community Project in Spring Lake, North Carolina.

In 2007, Toker finished the 3D Digital Model of City of San Luis Obispo, a device that will increase future community input for urban design decisions.

His teaching includes participatory planning and design methods, urban design studios, and computer applications. Toker has written a number of pieces based on his research in Research Policy and Journal of Architectural and Planning Research.

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