Synopses & Reviews
The Village Homes neighborhood in Davis, California is one of the few long-standing examples of sustainable community design. Mark Francis has been studying Village Homes for more than two decades and brings together existing research and writing on the community, studies about the children of Village Homes he conducted throughout the 1980s, and interviews with many parties involved with the project including designers, residents, gardeners, and maintenance people. Mark Francis takes a critical look at Village Homes, addressing its failures as well as its successes, and examines the question of why, despite its success, this development has not been replicated.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -) and index.
About the Author
Mark Francis, a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, is professor of landscape architecture at the University of California, Davis, and Senior Design Consultant with MIG in Berkeley and Davis. Trained in landscape architecture and urban design at Berkeley and Harvard, he is author of more than sixty articles and book chapters translated into a dozen languages. His ASLA-award-winning books include Community Open Spaces, The Meaning of Gardens, Public Space, and The California Landscape Garden Ecology, Culture and Design. His work has focused on the use and meaning of the built and natural landscape. Much of this research has utilized a case study approach to study parks, gardens, public spaces, streets, nearby nature, and urban public life.
Table of Contents
Foreword \ L. Susan Everett, Landscape Architecture Foundation
Village Homes: Case Study in Land and Community Design
Introduction: A Community by Design
Chapter 1. LAF Case Study Method and Village Homes
Chapter 2. Design, Development, and Decision-Making
Chapter 3. Design and Planning Concepts
Chapter 4. The Development Program and Designer's Role
Chapter 5. An Influential Community Design
Chapter 6. Constructive Criticism, Practical Problems
Chapter 7. Conclusions and Recommendations
Sources of Information
About the Author
Landscape Architecture Foundation Acknowledgments