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Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World

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Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World introduces an antidote to faceless, placeless sprawl — small scale neighborhoods where people can easily know one another, where empty nesters and single householders with far-flung families can find friendship or a helping hand nearby, and where children can have shirt-tail aunties and uncles just beyond their front gate.

The book describes inspiring pocket neighborhoods through stories of the people who live there, as well as the progressive planners, innovative architects, pioneering developers, craftspeople and gardeners who helped create them.

Sarah Susanka, author of the best selling “Not So Big House” series, wrote the Foreword to the book, placing pocket neighborhoods within context of the contemporary trends in housing and community. Ross Chapin begins the book by outlining the shifts in the scale of community and the American Dream over several generations, leading to super-sized houses in a sea of development, then describes a solution to help restore healthy, livable communities. The first section of the book looks at historic precedents of pocket neighborhoods, from 15th century hofje almshouses in the Netherlands, to a 19th century Methodists Camp Community on Martha’s Vineyard, to early 20th century Garden City models and Southern California Cottage Courtyards. The second section covers a wide range of contemporary pocket neighborhoods, including New Urban communities, affordable housing, houseboat communities, eco-neighborhoods, and Ross Chapin Architects’ own pocket neighborhood examples. The third section focuses on ‘cohousing’ communities, from Danish origins in the 1960s, to examples across America, Australia and New Zealand, including a chapter on senior cohousing. The fourth section looks at retrofitting pocket neighborhoods within existing communities. Throughout the book are series of “Design Keys” that highlight the essential principles of pocket neighborhood planning and design, and short stories about “Pocket Neighborhood Pioneers” who blazed new trails. The book is filled with rich photographs, drawings, illustrations and site plans, and a Resources section at the end provides leads for the reader to explore the topic in further detail.

 

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The typical American neighborhood is impersonal, made up of large houses on large lots, with large garages whose remote openers provide residents instant access inside. There’s never any need to see or be seen! The good news is that a growing number of homeowners are saying they want more. Pocket neighborhoods are alternative living arrangements that provide shelter and security, convenience, comfort, and meaning. In a typical pocket neighborhood, parking is intentionally separated from houses, which surround a landscaped common area. Homeowners walk to their doors, past the neighbors they might otherwise never know. This book by architect and author Ross Chapin describes existing pocket neighborhoods and co-housing communities — and provides inspiration for creating new ones.

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About the Author

“Anyone who’s looking for a way to live both simply and beautifully will love Ross Chapin’s notions about creating community. If you’ve enjoyed the “Not So Big House” series, you’ll also love this book.” – SARAH SUSANKA, author of The Not So Big House

Table of Contents

Contemporary Pocket Neighborhoods featured in the book:

Conover Commons, Redmond, WA
Danielson Grove, Kirkland, WA
Third Street Cottages, Langley, WA
Greenwood Avenue, Shoreline, WA
Groom Lane, Seattle
Barrio Santa Rosa, Tucson, AZ
Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA
Village Homes, Davis, CA
N Street, Davis, CA
Temescal Creek, North Oakland, CA
Houseboat community, Sausalito, CA
Berkeley Cohousing, Berkeley, CA
Doyle Street, Emeryville, CA
Swan’s Market, Oakland, CA
Cheesecake Consortium, northern CA
Poplar neighborhood, Boulder, CO
Silver Sage, Boulder, CO
Portland, OR
Cambridge, MA
Island Cohousing, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Elder Cohousing, Abington, VA
Christie Walk, Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
EarthSong, NEW ZEALAND
 
Historic Precedents
Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Forest Hills, NY
Sunnyside Gardens, NY
Radburn, NJ
Pine Street, Seattle
Bungalow Courts, southern CA

Foreword, by Sarah Susanka

Introduction: What Is a Pocket Neighborhood?

Part One Precedents: Historic Pocket Neighborhoods

Chapter 1 Setting Up Camp

Chapter 2 Gardens of Compassion

Chapter 3 Visions of Garden Cities

Chapter 4 The Bungalow Courts of California

Chapter 5 Cottage Living

Part Two Contemporary Pocket Neighborhoods

Chapter 6 A New Cottage Court

Chapter 7 A Neighborhood within a Neighborhood

Chapter 8 A Pocket Neighborhood on a Challenging Site

Chapter 9 The Neighborhood the Neighbors Built

Chapter 10 Floating Communities

Chapter 11 Lanes, Woonerfs, and Mental Speed Bumps

Chapter 12 Back House, Front House, Lane

Chapter 13 New Urban Pocket Neighborhoods

Chapter 14 Lines of Enticement

Chapter 15 Pocket Neighborhoods within a Village

Part Three CoHousing Communities

Chapter 16 Danish Origins

Chapter 17 CoHousing in America

Chapter 18 Greening the Neighborhood

Chapter 19 Saging Communities

Part Four Creating Pocket Neighborhoods in Existing Communities

Chapter 20 Infill in a First-Ring Suburb

Chapter 21 Urban Homesteads

Chapter 22 Taking Down the Fences

Chapter 23 Taking Back the Alley

Chapter 24 Taking Back the Street

Afterword: A Tapestry of Pocket Neighborhoods

Resources

Index

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781600851070
Author:
Chapin, Ross
Publisher:
Taunton Press
Foreword by:
Susanka, Sarah
Author:
, A.H.
Author:
Susanka, Sar
Author:
Obolensky, Kira
Author:
Susanka, Sarah
Subject:
Sustainable living
Subject:
Sustainability & Green Design
Subject:
Planning
Subject:
Design & Construction
Subject:
Architecture-Urban Planning
Edition Description:
Hardcover w/Dust Jacket
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
220 color photos, 30 BW Illustrations
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.50 x 9.00 in

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The typical American neighborhood is impersonal, made up of large houses on large lots, with large garages whose remote openers provide residents instant access inside. There’s never any need to see or be seen! The good news is that a growing number of homeowners are saying they want more. Pocket neighborhoods are alternative living arrangements that provide shelter and security, convenience, comfort, and meaning. In a typical pocket neighborhood, parking is intentionally separated from houses, which surround a landscaped common area. Homeowners walk to their doors, past the neighbors they might otherwise never know. This book by architect and author Ross Chapin describes existing pocket neighborhoods and co-housing communities — and provides inspiration for creating new ones.

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