Urban Planning For Dummies

Urban Planning For Dummies

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How to create the world's new urban future With the majority of the world's population shifting to urban centres, urban planning the practice of land-use and transportation planning to help shape cities structurally, economically, and socially has become an increasingly vital profession. In Urban Planning For Dummies, readers will get a practical overview of this fascinating field, including studying community demographics, determining the best uses for land, planning economic and transportation development, and implementing plans. Following an introductory course on urban planning, this book is key reading for any urban planning student or anyone involved in urban development. With new studies conclusively demonstrating the dramatic impact of urban design on public psychological and physical health, the impact of the urban planner on a community is immense. And with a wide range of positions for urban planners in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors including law firms, utility companies, and real estate development firms having a fundamental understanding of urban planning is key to anyone even considering entry into this field. This book provides a useful introduction and lays the groundwork for serious study. * Helps readers understand the essentials of this complex profession * Written by a certified practicing urban planner, with extensive practical and community-outreach experience For anyone interested in being in the vanguard of building, designing, and shaping tomorrow's sustainable city, Urban Planning For Dummies offers an informative, entirely accessible introduction on learning how.

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 186 x 232 x 28mm | 521.63g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1118100239
  • 9781118100233
  • 115,385

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Find out how to plan a great future for your community Urban planning is vital to the future success of cities, towns, and suburbs across the globe. Urban plans help communities take stock of what's good and bad about the community in the present and determine the best improvements to make for the future. With the majority of the world's population shifting to urban areas, it has become an increasingly vital profession. Whether you're thinking about a career in urban planning or looking for a way to get more involved in your community, Urban Planning For Dummies will give you a practical overview of this fascinating field, including determining the best uses for land, planning for transportation and economic development, and discovering how urban plans are made and carried out. Understand the building blocks of urban planning -- explore all the different elements that contribute to the community's quality of life and a more sustainable local environment Explore the relationship between urban planning and the built environment -- see how good urban design can make healthier, more attractive communities Examine the components of a comprehensive urban plan -- learn the roles that land use, housing, transportation, natural resources, infrastructure, open space, and public services play in shaping a community Grasp the challenges that urban planners face -- find out how pollution, rapid population growth, economic distress, and recovery from natural disasters affect the quality of life in cities and towns Be more involved -- discover how a better understanding of urban planning can help you create more successful communities where you live Open the book and find: How to create a sustainable community What resources are needed to make a good plan How to find useful information about your community The challenges facing today's cities, suburbs, and towns The role of urban planning in developing countries How to get hands-on experience Ways to improve and enhance your community Real-world examples Learn to: Understand how cities and towns grow and change Plan for housing, transportation, and land use Explore how urban plans get made Design greener cities and sustainable communities

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About Jordan Yin

Jordan Yin, PhD, AICP, is a faculty member of the College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He has published research articles in leading academic journals, including Urban Affairs Review and Journal of Urban Affairs, and his work as an urban planner has been reported on by National Public Radio, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

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