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The Creative Community: Designing for Life [Hardcover]

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This extraordinary collection of thoughts and images adds up to a positive prophecy for a future in which the architecture and stewardship of daily life becomes humanity's greatest work of art. It is a future where standardised codes and arguments give way to commitment, creativity and beauty - where our deepest needs and desires are holistically embraced by thoughtful design. The Creative Community by Vernon D. Swaback is a journey through ideas and places, stretching our imaginations and inspiring us to move beyond our patterns of production-driven uniformity. This book is both invitation and guide for giving our best to the future by first creating it for ourselves. It illuminates a subject that is most often buried in planner's jargon, making it as personal as our own homes, which of course it is.

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Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.98" Width: 9.2" Height: 1.12"
Weight:   3.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 2, 2003
Publisher   Images Publishing Dist A/C
ISBN  1920744150  
ISBN13  9781920744151  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Renowned architect and planner, Vernon D. Swaback was an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright. Considered a visionary agent of change, he is also the author of four books.

Vernon D. Swaback currently resides in Phoenix.

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1Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > Building Types & Styles
2Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > General
3Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > Urban & Land Use Planning

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A must for anyone involved w/shaping our built environment  Jul 11, 2008
I,ve been a practicing Landscape Arch / Planner almost 30 years . Every few years I'll buy a book on "planning" for my dust collection , and remember why we're still making such a mess of things . Finally Swaback has published a revolutionary book on the subject ; based on such revolutionary concepts like common sense , art , beauty , simplicity , and my favorite , " heroic commitment" .
I was tempted to give this book to our city planner , city council members , mayor , developers , ad nauseum . After a few gifts I realized , sadly , that those who even actually read it , ( or read period ) , won't "get it" . But , and , it still makes a good coffee table book .
If Howard Kunstler is a prophet , and I think he is , then Swaback's the Messiah . He provides bold , lucid , and simple direction , and a hopeful answer to the bleak dillema our " Emperor"s new clothes" , Kunstler , holds a mirror to in his latest books and great web site .
On top of all this , Swaback has included many beautiful and appropos quotes you can toss around when we "professionals " get together, at the next AIA , ASLA , APA meeting, to pat each other on the back .
If we are to survive as a culture this book lights the way ; yes , things ARE that bad , and yes , the book is that good . Get it , and hopefully you or someone will " get it ".

Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.
Arthur Schopenhauer
A Visionary With A RELEVANT Message  May 19, 2004
Swaback has outdone himself. This book is a must read for anyone who cares about making the world a better place to live in. Swaback is a genuis! Besides being an absolutely beautiful book the messages contain challenges that we all must address in order to live fully at all ages and stages of life. Swaback has the answer.

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