COMMUNITY PLANNING | RESOURCES
Good tools are always needed
to get any project off the ground and started | With community planning, good tools are all the more important ~ only the "tools" aren't all fresh from the woodshop but from the studio of the mind |
With this in mind, here's a few I came across recently:
Sustainable Communities I'm not certain when this was most recently updated, but resources listed still seem active | The focus? "..a starter kit for a community member, city official, planner, or design professional to identify currently available planning tools and to assess their applicability and appropriateness to specific projects or issues... "
Urbanicity The site blur reads "...electronic publisher for all aspects of urban and sustainable development. The Urbanicity website [is] a portal for educational resources, conferences, internet resources and more, including a unique library of urban articles... | Funding for operations comes from the UN Habitat Best Practices and the World Bank |
Urban Resources A book and links list covering subjects such as photography, architecture, industrial archaeology and urban exploration | Reference to things on paper and not necessarily online |
Land Tenure Center Site blurb: "... to study diverse land and natural resource problems in the United States, Canada, and northern Mexico. The North American Program will work with the poor, community organizations, and government agencies to analyze problems and try to find solutions..." | Affiliated with University of Wisconsin at Madison |
Sustainable Building Resources | To make sustainable communities, you need green construction | This site promotes the development of "...Green buildings ~ structures that are cost-effectively designed, built, and operated in a manner that achieves the greatest possible energy efficiency, indoor air quality, occupant health, resource efficiency, and environmental compatibility. "