Design for diversity: Exploring socially mixed neighborhoods

Emily Talen

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The city is more than just a sum of its buildings; it is the sum of its communities. The most successful urban communities are very often those that are the most diverse-in terms of income, age, family structure and ethnicity-and yet poor urban design and planning can stifle the very diversity that makes communities successful.

Just as poor urban design can lead to sterile monoculture, successful planning can support the conditions needed for diverse communities. Emily Talen explores the linkage between urban forms and social diversity, and how one impacts the other. Learning the lessons from past successes and failures, and building from detailed case studies of different neighborhoods, Design for Diversity provides urban designers and architects with design strategies and tools to ensure that their work sustains and nurtures social diversity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages246
ISBN (Electronic)9780080557601
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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