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The Community Planning Handbook: How People Shape Their Cities, Towns & Villages in Any Part of The World


Wates, N. (Ed.). (2000). The community planning handbook: How people shape their cities, towns & villages in any part of the world. London, UK: Earthscan.


“If you want to know how the shoe fits, ask the person who is wearing it, not the one who made it.”

Over the past few decades, a wide range of methods has been pioneered in different countries. They include new ways of people interacting, new types of event, new types of organisation, new services and new support frameworks.

This handbook provides an overview of these new methods of community planning for the first time in one volume. It is written for everyone concerned with the built environment. Jargon is avoided and material is presented in a universally applicable, how-to-do-it style. Whether you are a resident wanting to improve the place where you live, a policy maker interested in improving general practice, or a development professional working on a specific project, you should quickly be able to find what you need.