Two New Releases by Wiley That Will Explore the Fastest Growing Segments of Architecture & Design: Living Streets & Live-Work Spaces

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These are two new titles that are essential additions to the libraries of any architecture or design professional, involved with urban development.

John Wiley & Sons, the leading publisher of architecture & design books, is releasing two new titles that explore the biggest trends affecting our cities and working environments. The first book, Live-Work Planning and Design: Zero-Commute Housing ($80.00; April 2012) investigates the end of commuting and the creation of urban designs that bring lives back together through shortening or eliminating the separation between work and life. The second book, Living Streets: Strategies for Crafting Public Space ($85.00; April 2012), looks at the creation of livable public spaces. The importance of this has never been greater, as public spaces shape lives, and have more stakeholders than ever from business owners who want to see their retail districts become profitable, to health experts encouraging exercise, to a commuter who uses the sidewalk to reach the bus stop on his daily trip to work.

Live-work is the hybrid building type that integrates living space with a work space. For thousands of years, cities and towns contained shophouses, the original live-work buildings, in which work and commerce were carried on at the street level and some or all of the workers lived above or behind the work area. More recently, due to the vast availability of warehouse space, live-work spaces re-emerged with artists renovating warehouse spaces in New York and other cities and have evolved into a building type that is increasingly common for new construction as well as renovations of existing buildings. Live-Work Planning and Design is the only comprehensive guide to the design and planning of live-work spaces for architects, designers, and urban planners. Readers will learn from built examples of live-work, both new construction and renovation, in a variety of locations. Professionals will learn how various municipalities have developed and incorporated live-work within building codes and city plans. Author, Thomas Dolan, whose pioneering website,, has been guiding practitioners and users of live-work since 1998, is the United States' leading expert on the subject.

The second title, Living Streets: Strategies for Crafting Public Space, encourages designers to look at streets as more than just places to drive, and explores movement as only one of several roles that street space can play. The authors look at the importance of street design from a multi-use and spatial standpoint rather than a single-purpose traffic function. In many cities, streets are considered to be a network of spaces with a mix of uses and users, with spatial qualities and unique contexts. Inside, it's revealed how proper street planning can:

•Create excellent places to live, work, and play
•Strengthen community interaction
•Encourage healthier lifestyles
•Develop local economies
•Promote urban patterns that are less dependent on fossil fuels

The book provides a broad overview of the growing approach toward complete and sustainable street design. Its contents present the background on modern street design and where it has failed, describe a series of street typologies, and demonstrate, through diverse case studies, the applicable lessons learned from each. Featuring examples from over two-dozen completed street design projects around the world, the book provides practical guidance on the complete street approach to sustainable and community-minded street and road design. Living Streets: Strategies for Crafting Public Space, is written for teams of engineers, transportation planners, landscape architects, and urban planners.

These two new titles are essential additions to the libraries of any architecture or design professional involved with urban development.

Thomas Dolan, is the principal of Thomas Dolan Architecture (TDA) in Oakland, California. An architect, landscape and urban designer, and development and code consultant, Dolan designed the first purpose-built live-work complex constructed in the United States. He was instrumental in the development of the live-work building code for the city of Oakland. Dolan is active in the Congress for the New Urbanism and is the founder of the pioneering website, which has been a resource for practitioners and users of live-work since 1998.

Lesley Bain, AIA, LEED AP, Seattle, WA, is an architect and urban designer and a Principal at Weinstein AU Architects and Urban Designers. Lesley has played prominent roles in many of Seattle's urban design efforts including pedestrian planning, station area development, campus planning and incorporating transportation into neighborhoods. Lesley has a B.A. from Yale University and a Master of Architecture degree from University of Pennsylvania.

Barbara Gray, AICP, LEED AP, Seattle, WA, is an urban planner with eighteen years of professional experience in community design and transportation planning. She currently manages the Transportation Systems Design and Planning group for the Seattle Department of Transportation. Barbara's areas of expertise include urban design, street design for pedestrian and bicycle safety and access, land use planning, transit-oriented development, and neighborhood planning. She led the staff effort to develop Seattle's Complete Streets Ordinance and is the project manager for Seattle's citywide pedestrian master plan.

Dave Rodgers, PE, LEED, Portland, OR, is recognized as one of the civil engineers on the forefront of innovative sustainable design in Seattle and nationwide. He is a Principal at SvR Design Company. SvR has been involved in projects including Growing Vine Street, Maynard Avenue Green Street, Terry Ave Design guidelines, Bell Street Park Project, and the High Point Neighborhood green community design.

Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Publication date: April 23, 2012
$80.00; Hardcover; 272 pages; ISBN: 978-0-470-60480-9

LIVING STREETS Strategies for Crafting Public Space
Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Publication date: April 2, 2012
$85.00; Hardcover; 336 pages; ISBN: 978-0-470-90381-0

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