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Carfree Design Manual [Hardcover]

J.H. Crawford
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  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: International Books; 1 edition (1 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9057270609
  • ISBN-13: 978-9057270604
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 19.8 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,610,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The "Carfree Design Manual" is the sequel to J.H. Crawford's "Carfree Cities". In that book he argued that the quality of life in carfree cities is much higher than in practically all large cities today. The disadvantages of cars are clear: air pollution, noise, danger, time spent in traffic jams, ugliness, financial costs etc. He argues that a car free city can deliver everything we need without the disadvantages of cars and without any real disadvantage. Because cars use much space (wide roads, parking places at home, at the office, at shopping malls etc.), people can live much closer together in a carfree city (this won't be a nuisance: compare, he says, how it feels in Venice without any cars but with a very high population density, to any carful city - Venice just doesn't feel overcrowded or disagreeable). With very plausible parameters, he's designed a carfree city for 1 million inhabitants (with lots of green space) where you can reach any destination within 35mn by metro and foot (including waiting time).

Crawford limits his conclusions to cities. For the countryside, he believes that cars will remain a necessity.

The "Carfree Design Manual" elaborates many points made in "Carfree Cities" and makes many proposals to design cities with a high quality of living: the way houses, blocks, neighbourhoods etc are conceived, the way we think of streets, squares, parks etc. Many stimulating ideas both for carfree hopefuls and for anyone else interested in a high quality neighbourhood.

Moreover, the books is beautiful: it contains many photo's (more than one par page) and many maps, drawings etc.

A shortcoming of the manual is that its ideas seem more ready to apply to a new neighbourhood than to help you transform an existing one.

Overall: very interesting but read "Carfree Cities" first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Central Design Element to Sustainable Human Future 29 Oct 2009
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If only for the photographs that grace this work anyone lucky enough to lay hands on this thought provoking and insightful vision of a sustainable human future should be happy thumbing through the pages. The fact that Crawford's beautiful photographic collection happens to be juxtaposed with a discerning and detailed conceptualization of a lifestyle which most of the world hasn't yet imagined makes the "Carfree Design Manual" to a truly revolutionary oeuvre.

Crawford has created a framework that if adopted by cities in part or in its entirety would result in an arrangement of structures and artifacts that would not only be considerably more sustainable but beautiful. This book should be in the library of anyone interested in living in a better place.
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