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This is a second-hand hardcover book. This book is 322 of a limited edition of 1,500 copies.

Condition: The dust jacket has a small area of creasing to the top edge around the spine area. The rest of the book has no faults; it's in as new condition.

The dimensions: 229 x 290 mm
Pages: 247
Publisher: Village Forum Press & Jackson House Publishing
Publication date: 2007 first edition

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How to Build a Village
By Claude Lewenz

Buy good shoes and a good bed, you'll spend most of your life in one or the other.

If we extend that thought to our wider habitat, to everything that surrounds us in daily life, we notice the extent to which our environment has become generic and bland. A shopping mall in Italy looks the same as one in Australia.

To create a wonderful place to live, we need to start with a different plan, one that asks different questions. Can we solve today's problems without creating problems for tomorrow? Can we construct a habitat not to concoct a market for cars, but to provide for Quality of Life? What does it mean to create a human-scaled community in which people of all ages and interests can thrive?

In this manual, Claude Lewenz explores what such a place would look like if it was designed for quality of life. Using a language of patterns developed in 1977, he weaves timeless patterns with new opportunity offered by technology. The outcome is a large Village; one with many plazas, where people work, shop, meet at cafes, conduct all the affairs of daily life within a ten-minute walk. No cars inside the village walls. Such a Village has its own local economy; it can stand on its own.

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