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Designing Local: Revealing Our Truest Communities (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 21. Juli 2014

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Perfect Plea to Everyone to Avoid Looking Like Everyplace! 25. Juli 2014
Von Tim Young - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Kyle Ezell brings out all the stops with Designing Local: Revealing Our Truest Communities. He expertly builds on the common flaws that anyone involved with urban planning, local and regional government, landscape architecture, economic development or just being a citizen in an area ranging from rural hamlets to major cities can and often will often pick up. Be it the desire to copy what one sees just down the road at another town or, even more tragic, a place one sees while on vacation to a beach or mountain resort village or to the idea of "accepting" the cookie-cutter architecture or planning "rage" of the moment. I've been guilty of these practices and moreover have witnessed suburb after suburb fall into the trap and become yet another "Land of the Bland".

Mr. Ezell challenges us to look past the obvious or "what's now and hip" to truly accept reality for what it is and allow for a truly local context for placebuilding. There are true "gems" out there, but the key is NOT to copy, but to examine what makes YOUR local area unique and do what needs to be done to make it what not what a chain or a copied idea approach can make it "different" or "everywhere", but what the essence of the locality IS.

I am an urban planner, so while I may have issues with the mantra of McHarg in favor of old-style city building, I find this work worthy of anyone to read and more importantly put to use at least 20%, 30%, or more in order to see what can happen. You might just be amazed.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Foundation for Special Places! 21. Juli 2014
Von Joshua Lapp - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Designing Local is more than a book, it’s a philosophy. The ideas and methods put forth by Kyle Ezell should be followed by cities all around the country. I fell in love with cities for the very reasons Ezell mentions. Cities with personality draw you in and Ezell communicates perfectly how cities can use their own local culture to make their place in the world distinct and special. Grab this book if you want to make your place special!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A lesson for planners and informed citizens: you get out what you put in. 28. Juli 2014
Von Ian Studders - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
At it's core, this book is about how to create exciting and unique places. The lessons of this book could be utilized by any person concerned with the way a place looks and feels, from government official to ordinary citizen. The book is written in a style that is easy to read and quick to motivate.

Mr. Ezell persuasively lays out the reasons why many places are full of uninspired houses, buildings, and streets. Practitioners are to quick to "plagiarize" best practices of land design/development from other trendy places. Businesses seek to reduce risk and cost by standardizing their developments. Citizens are too disengaged to care or question the process. This creates a big problem of homogenized places that few people realized they actually contributed to.

After diagnosing the problem, Mr. Ezell gets right to the solution. Talk to your neighbors and elected officials about guidelines and processes for land development. Don't be afraid to question developments that don't fit local needs and values. This book contains no silver bullet solutions to make your community unique and exciting. I'm glad that the author avoids selling us that snake oil. Instead, the book calls for us all to do some good old-fashioned consensus building and organizing at the local level. It will take a whole lot of time, energy, and relationships to create unique places, but that is half the fun!

In the end, the book is a swift kick in the behind to people who care about making places unique or competitive. Mr. Ezell implores us all to stop drawing up plans to replicate what worked in new york/san francisco, and start seeing what does work in own communities.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is the best method I can think of to avoid simply moving ... 22. August 2014
Von Eric Snowden - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Kyle Ezell puts his personal manifesto for public review in this new book. Fighting against the constant retorts of "that's how it has always been" in the planning profession, this book serves as a call to action for placing "The Local" as the center of what makes communities and neighborhoods unique.

The author is extremely critical of fads that often permeate the world of planning and development and challenges planners and local officials involved in the planning process to integrate local culture into their existing planning process. In addition, he points out the futility of constantly moving development around to different neighborhoods within a city based on fads or waiting for the next fad or "big thing" to begin. He advocates for a type of local storytelling via the built environment.

I found this book a valuable addition to my library because Ezell takes a step beyond the various "best practice" works for planning and turns in a new direction. "The Local" is not just another tool in the planning tool box, it is, according to the author, a type of centering theory that informs existing decision-making processes. This is the best method I can think of to avoid simply moving the bad development practices that went into creating the suburbs, into the urban core and dressing them with zero-setbacks and parking behind.

There is no easy answer in this book, but the author forces the planner to take a step back from the prescriptive solutions we all love and just evaluate what makes a neighborhood or community special.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen From McPlanning to Craft Planning. 26. Juli 2014
Von David Blumberg - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The first thing Kyle Ezell states in Designing Local is that he is going to "tweak" my thinking about city planning and urban design. Consider my thinking tweaked.
Ezell poignantly exposes a vice within the planning and design community that most of us that practice or have practiced planning are guilty of: Replicating great design seen elsewhere or employing what he terms "widgets" in our own communities. It is easy to do; it gets the job done - and - even impresses enough to win some designers some recognition for their brilliance. While it is important to compare and contrast what other communities have done to approach design, Ezell points out it is entirely another thing to blindly import those solutions without considering the personality and "story" of your own community as embodied by "The Local."
What Ezell has helped me to see is that while this vice may seem innocent and well-intentioned enough we may be applying snake oil to what really ails our communities. Designing Local presents a succinct and actionable ethic that we can apply to the community planning and design narrative - whether you are the current local "starchitect of your town", a concerned citizen or a wannabe urban designer like me.
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