The Community Planning Handbook
"How People Can Shape Their Cities, Towns and Villages in Any Part of the World"
By Nick Wates, Nick Wates
Routledge – 1999 – 236 pages
Growing numbers of residents are getting involved with professionals in shaping their local environment, and there is now a powerful range of methods available, from design workshops to electronic maps. The Community Planning Handbook is the essential starting point for all those involved - planners and local authorities, architects and other practitioners, community workers, students and local residents. It features an accessible how-to-do-it style, best practice information on effective methods, and international scope and relevance. Tips, checklists and sample documents help readers to get started quickly, learn from others' experience and to select the approach best suited to their situation. The glossary, bibliography and contact details provide quick access to further information and support.
'This excellent work shows an absolute understanding of the issues of consultation/participation' Peter Richards, Deicke Richards Architects, Australia 'A very clear, well organized and extremely useful book for those who are or who ought to be promoting democratic participation in shaping the future of our communities … this is a book that I will recommend to clients and colleagues alike' J Gary Lawrence, President, Sustainable Strategies & Solutions, Inc, Seattle 'The clear and concise copy as well as the very appealing graphic formatting make this an excellent handbook which will be useful to so many different users in so many ways' Tony Costello, Professor of Architecture, Ball State University, USA 'A graphically pleasing publication in simple language that will get across effectively to communities, empowering them in the new 'dharma' - demand-driven planning and decision making through a participatory process.' Vinay D. Lall, Director, Society for Development Studies,New Delhi, India 'An excellent book that will have a host of valuable applications - with sufficient detail for practitioners, researchers, planners and policy makers. It is an important and timely contribution.' Jules Pretty, Director, Centre for Environment and Society,University of Essex 'In the global, cyberspace age, government and business need communities as much as communities need them. Nick Wates' timely book is essential reading for ordinary people and professionals who believe that the opportunities being thrown up by this new balance are there for the taking' Mark Hepworth, Director, The Local Futures Group, London, UK 'This book would be hard to classify as research and may be tangential to landscape studies, but it is so well conceived and useful that it deserves mention here. It describes with wonderful graphic clarity over 50 techniques for involving people in physical planning and design. These range from Art Workshops and Planning for Real exercises to Design Games and Video Soapboxes.' Ian Thompson, Landscape Research
Introduction: Why Get Involved? * Getting Started * Book Format * General Principles A-Z * Methods A-Z * Scenarios A-Z * Appendices: Useful Formats * Useful Checklists * Glossary A-Z * Publications and Film A-Z * Credits * Photocredits * Feedback * Index
Nick Wates is a writer, researcher and project consultant specialising in community planning and design. Jeremy Brook is a graphic designer specialising in exhibition catalogues and posters for museums and art galleries.