Making Community Design Work
A Guide For Planners
By Umut Toker
APA Planners Press – 2012 – 192 pages
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.
Part 1: History and Theoretical Framework 1. Introduction: Working with People for their future 2. What is Community Design? Objectives, Stages and outcomes 3. Community Design: Origins, Development and Current Views Part 2: The Community Design Process 4. Initiating The Participatory Planning / Design Process 5. The "V" Process: from Project Objectives to Actions Part 3: Community Design Methods and Applications 6. Formats, Methods and Instruments for Community Design Activities Part 4: Community Design Scales 7. Participatory Decision-Making In Urban Design Scale 8. Participatory Decision-Making In Community Planning 9. Participatory Decision-Making In Regional Planning 10. Participatory Decision-making in Site Specific Design 11. Community Participation in Planning and Design: Future Steps
Umut Toker is assistant professor of city and regional planning in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at California Polytechnic State University.