13 photos and 11 simple thoughts for greener, healthier cities
Posted July 8, 2013 at 2:51PM
I would be holding back if I didn't concede that I am really excited about my new book. The manuscript has been completed, the images selected; it's now in the editing stage.
In People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think about Greener, Healthier Cities, I posit and discuss 25 ideas that I think are useful (or, in some cases, at least fun) to consider as we contemplate the wondrous permutations of human settlement. I won't claim that they are THE most important 25 ideas, though I do believe some of them are very important. Rather, they are ones that interest me and about which I have something to say; I hope they will interest you, too.
The book is scheduled for publication in January 2014. I last published an excerpt here.
People Habitat will have 121 photos and other visual images. Today, I'm offering a preview of a baker's dozen, along with titles of the chapters where they will reside. Together they will give you a brief (but, I hope, provocative) window into the book's contents. Enjoy:
From Prologue: Cities of the imagination
From Chapter 1: It’s not really about cities
From Chapter 4: Revitalization can be powerful
From Chapter 6: Cities need nature
From Chapter 8: Sustainability requires attention to legacy
From Chapter 12: Design matters, but it can be messy
From Chapter 13: There must be a there
Chapter 14: Human habitat should nourish the mind, body and spirit
From Chapter 16: Driving should be an option
From Chapter 17: Getting to school shouldn’t be so hard
From Chapter 21: Grow food, but not just anywhere
From Chapter 24: Sustainability is where the heart is
From Epilogue: People habitat and the landscape
All single photos are (c) F. Kaid Benfield, all rights reserved. Book cover photos by Payton Chung and F. Kaid Benfield; cover design by Brenda Ruby.
- There must be a there (excerpted from People Habitat) (May 8, 2013)
- Cities and the ecology of "people habitat" (March 27, 2013)
- How I'm thinking about people habitat these days (July 23, 2012)
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