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Green Community

By Susan Piedmont-Palladino, Timothy Mennel

Based on the National Building Museum's Green Community exhibition, this book is a collection of thought-provoking essays that illuminate the connections among personal health, community health, and our planet's health.

Published by APA Planners Press / National Building Museum , 2009

Format: Hardcover , 192 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-932364-74-3

Quick order code: A65743

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The health of our planet and our selves depends on how we plan, design, and construct the world between our buildings. Our increasing dependence on fossil fuels over the last century has given us unprecedented individual mobility and comfort, but the consequences are clear. Climate change, sprawl, and reliance on foreign oil are just a few of the challenges we face in designing new — and adapting existing — communities to be greener.

Based on the National Building Museum's Green Community exhibition, this book is a collection of thought-provoking essays that illuminate the connections among personal health, community health, and our planet's health. Green Community brings together diverse experts, each of whom has a unique approach to sustainable planning, design, politics, and construction.

Excerpts from Green Community

"Local Sustainable Energy Sources" by Erica Heller, AICP, and Mark Heller, AICP

"Healthy Communities, Green Communities" by Howard Frumkin

About the Editors

Timothy Mennel is senior editor and acquisitions manager for Planners Press and Planning Advisory Service Reports at the American Planning Association. He coedited Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York and developed the exhibition Growing and Greening New York: PlaNYC and the Future of the City at the Museum of the City of New York. He has been an editor at Random House, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Artforum, and elsewhere, as well as a consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation. He has a PhD in geography from the University of Minnesota.

Susan Piedmont-Palladino is an architect, a curator at the National Building Museum, and a professor of architecture at Virginia Tech's Washington-Alexandria Architecture Consortium (WAAC). She was the curator of the exhibition Green Community at the National Building Museum. Previously she served as a guest curator for Tools of the Imagination: Drawing Tools and Technologies from the Eighteenth Century to the Present. She is the author of Devil's Workshop: 25 Years of Jersey Devil Architecture and Tools of the Imagination, the companion book to the exhibition, both published by Princeton Architectural Press. She is the former national president of Architects- Designers-Planners for Social Responsibility.

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