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Pocket Neighborhoods

Creating Small-scale Community in A Large-scale World
Chapin, Ross (Book - 2011 )
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Pocket Neighborhoods

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"Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World "introduces an antidote to faceless, placeless sprawl -- small scale neighborhoods where people can easily know one another, where empty nesters and single householders with far-flung families can find friendship or a helping hand nearby, and where children can have shirt-tail aunties and uncles just beyond their front gate. The book describes inspiring pocket neighborhoods through stories of the people who live there, as well as the progressive planners, innovative architects, pioneering developers, craftspeople and gardeners who helped create them. Sarah Susanka, author of the best selling "Not So Big House" series, wrote the Foreword to the book, placing pocket neighborhoods within context of the contemporary trends in housing and community. Ross Chapin begins the book by outlining the shifts in the scale of community and the American Dream over several generations, leading to super-sized houses in a sea of development, then describes a solution to help restore healthy, livable communities. The first section of the book looks at historic precedents of pocket neighborhoods, from 15th century hofje almshouses in the Netherlands, to a 19th century Methodists Camp Community on Martha's Vineyard, to early 20th century Garden City models and Southern California Cottage Courtyards. The second section covers a wide range of contemporary pocket neighborhoods, including New Urban communities, affordable housing, houseboat communities, eco-neighborhoods, and Ross Chapin Architects' own pocket neighborhood examples. The third section focuses on 'cohousing' communities, from Danish origins in the 1960s, to examples across America, Australia and New Zealand, including a chapter on senior cohousing. The fourth section looks at retrofitting pocket neighborhoods within existing communities. Throughout the book are series of "Design Keys" that highlight the essential principles of pocket neighborhood planning and design, and short stories about "Pocket Neighborhood Pioneers" who blazed new trails. The book is filled with rich photographs, drawings, illustrations and site plans, and a Resources section at the end provides leads for the reader to explore the topic in further detail.
Authors: Chapin, Ross
Title: Pocket neighborhoods
creating small-scale community in a large-scale world
Publisher: Newtown, CT :, Taunton Press,, c2011
Characteristics: 220 p. :,col. ill., plans ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Ross Chapin ; foreword by Sarah Susanka
Contents: Pocket neighborhood precedents. Setting up camp ; Gardens on compassion ; Visions of garden cities ; Bungalow courts, walks, and walk streets ; Cottage court revival
Contemporary pocket neighborhoods. A cottage court ; A neighborhood within a neighborhood ; A pocket neighborhood on a challenging site ; The neighborhood the neighbors built ; A floating neighborhood ; Lanes, woonerfs, and mental speed bumps ; Back house, front house, lane ; New urban pocket neighborhoods ; New urban pocket neighborhoods ; Lines of enticement ; Pocket neighborhoods within a village
Cohousing communities. Danish origins ; Cohousing in America ; Greening the neighborhood ; Saging communities
Pocket neighborhoods in existing communities. Infill in a first-ring suburb ; Urban homesteads ; Cultivating community in the garden ; Taking down the fences ; Taking back the alley ; Taking back the street
ISBN: 9781600851070
Branch Call Number: 307.33620973 C463p 2011
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