13 photos and 11 simple thoughts for greener, healthier cities
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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Kaid Benfield writes about community, development, and the environment on Switchboard and in the national media. For more posts, see his blog's home page. Please also visit NRDC’s sustainable communities video channels.