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Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future

By Douglas Farr

Foreword by Janette Sadik-Khan

Published by March 26th 2018

Hardcover £65.00/ US$80.00/ EUR 72.80

ISBN: 9780470537176

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 11:07 am EDT
"the 100 most influential urbanists of all time."

Given the urgency of the many challenges that society now faces, the core strategy of Sustainable Nation is to focus on how long change takes and the many ways to drive change faster than ever before. The book posits that society can overcome our major challenges around decarbonisation in four generations: the lifetime of a child born today.

As a follow up to his widely acclaimed Sustainable Urbanism, this new book from architect, urbanist and author Douglas Farr is divided into four parts - Our Default World: an infographic snapshot of today; Our Preferred Future: fictional short stories and timelines that evoke a preferred future; Theory of Change: a deep dive into how long change takes and an ultimately hopeful cataloguing of how to speed it up; and The Practice of Change: immediately actionable guidance from development experts on how groups of people, not affiliated with government, can accelerate desired neighbourhood and professional change.

As an urgent call to action and a guidebook for change, Sustainable Nation is an essential resource for urban designers, planners, policymakers, architects, engaged stakeholders, and anyone who is eager to make a positive impact on buildings, cities, and lives.

Sustainable Nation will be available wherever books and ebooks are sold.


Notes to editors:

  • Review copies and jacket images are available on request

About the author:

DOUGLAS FARR (FAIA, LEED AP, CNU-A) is an architect, urbanist, author, and passionate advocate for sustainable design thinking. Doug heads Farr Associates, a Chicago-based firm that plans and designs lovable, aspirational buildings and places. A native Detroiter, Doug Co-Chaired the development of LEED-ND and has served on the boards of urban sustainability organizations including the Congress for New Urbanism, Bioregional, EcoDistricts, and Elevate Energy. In 2017, Planetizen readers named him one of "the 100 most influential urbanists of all time."

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