Doug Farr’s second book, Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future, poses one big question: how can we make the world we want in the least possible time? The answer touches on a good many things: our brain’s wiring, civilization’s long arc of progress, the unique and urgent challenges we face today, how long change normally takes, and ways to speed it up. The storytelling blends prose, graphics, and imagery. Not surprisingly, it is all framed by time: dozens of timelines track society’s progress against 25-year generations, four day-in-the-life vignettes introduce us to ‘local actors’ two generations into the future, and urban design patterns of community design and culture for passionate followers to enact over time. For individuals who are passionate about making the world we want, this book is for you!
Written by Doug Farr, the chair of the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) initiative, Sustainable Urbanism is both an urgent call to action and a comprehensive introduction to “sustainable urbanism” –the emerging and growing design reform movement that combines the creation and enhancement of walkable and diverse places with high-performance infrastructure and buildings. Purchase Sustainable Urbanism here.