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The Hidden Potential of Sustainable Neighborhoods: Lessons from Low-Carbon Communities
1 September 2013
Harrison Fraker, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and former Dean of the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, explores in his recently published book the creation process of livable, sustainable low-carbon communities, as well as the factors for their failure and success based on best practices. The Hidden Potential of Sustainable Neighborhoods: Lessons from Low-Carbon Communities (Island Press) provides a detailed analysis of neighborhood-scale whole-community design built on reliable data, using concrete performance data from four cutting-edge sustainable communities in Europe: Bo01 and Hammarby Sjöstad in Sweden and Kronsberg and Vauban in Germany.
Each city's design process is studied closely, down to the individual aspects of its sustainability plan, providing important lessons for US communities about the environmental performance of the urban landscape. Complete with four-color photographs and diagrams, detailed descriptions and an analytical and prescriptive approach, The Hidden Potential of Sustainable Neighborhoods is a valuable resource accessible to students, professionals, planning boards and the general public.
Harrison specializes in passive solar, daylighting and sustainable design research and teaching, along with pursuing his own award-winning practice. He is a Fellow of the AIA as well as the Design Futures Council, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for founding the University of Minnesota College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, where he served as the first Dean. Harrison was educated at Princeton and Cambridge Universities and holds a B.A. and MFA Architecture from Princeton University. His recent research focus includes affordable manufactured housing, sustainable development and the building of transit-oriented, resource-self-sufficient neighborhoods in China using a whole systems design approach.