This page contains resources about urban planning for small, adaptable buildings.  The resources are under the headings of General, Small, Mixed Use, Adaptable, Community Connections, Economic Opportunity, Resilience, Local Government Revenue.  Suggestions welcome!

Planning > General

Planning > Small

  • Company: Urban3
  • Site: Visualizing Density.  Also print: Julie Campoli & Alex MacLean, Visualizing Density (Lincoln 2007).
  • E-Publication: Hazel Borys, “Retail on My Mind“, Place Shakers 2012-02-20.
  • E-Publication: Richard Florida, “The Limits of Density“, Atlantic Cities 2012-05-16.
  • E-Publication: Andrew Frey, “How Can Small Buildings Help Large-Scale Planning?“, Seven50 SE Florida Prosperity Plan, ed. Dover Kohl (2014).
  • E-Publication: Peter Gordon & Sanford Ikeda, “Does Density Matter?
  • E-Publication: Edward McMahon, “Density Without High-Rises?“, Citiwire Magazine 2012-05-11.
  • E-Publication: Dan Parolek, “Missing middle housing: Responding to demand for urban living“, Better! Cities & Towns 2012-04-03.
  • Print: The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011, ed. Hilary Ballon (Columbia University 2012).
  • Print: Julie Campoli, Made for Walking: Density and Neighborhood Form (Lincoln Institute 2012).
  • Print: Hans Ibelings, Ed Melet, Bernard Hulsman & Allard Jolles, Eastern Docklands Amsterdam: Urbanism and Architecture (NAi 2003).
  • Print: Leopold Kohr, The Breakdown of Nations (Routledge 1986).
  • Print: Jason McLennan, “Density & Sustainability: A Radical Perspective”, Trim Tab Spring 2009.
  • Print: E. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered (Harper 1989).
  • Print: Hideo Shirasishi & Yoshihisa Wakita, “Considerations on Space Organization of Shophouse and Block Formation in Phnom Penh, Cambodia”, Journal of Architecture & Planning, No. 616 (2007-06) pp. 7-14.

Planning > Mixed Use

Planning > Adaptable

  • Print: Roberta Gratz, The Living City: How America’s Cities Are Being Revitalized by Thinking Small in a Big Way (Wiley 1995).
  • Print: Anne Moudon, Built for Change: Neighborhood Architecture in San Francisco (MIT Press 1989).

Planning > Community Connections

Planning > Economic Opportunity

  • E-Publication: Richard Reep, “Localism As An Anti-Depressant“, New Geography 2012-07-03.
  • Print: Richard Florida, “For Creative Cities, the Sky Has Its Limit“, Wall Street Journal 2012-07-27.
  • Print: Natalie Weinberger, “The Shophouse as a Tool for Equitable Urban Development: The Case of Phnom Penh, Cambodia”, Masters thesis, University if Pennsylvania School of Design, 2010 Spring.

Planning > Resilience

Planning > Local Government Revenue


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