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Community ideas in landscape architecture

Thompson uses the word 'community' to encompass 'the social mission of landscape architecture' [a modern parallel to the Vitruvian quality of 'commodity']. The idea is traced from the functional stream of modernism, remembering that 'the international style made a virtue out of disregard for climate, culture and site'. The legacy of functionalism in landscape architecture is an enthusiasm for collaborative planning, participatory design, public participation, design charettes,  planning for real, design games, focus groups and community forums.


See page on community planning and design.

The Global Ecovillage Network is a grassroots non-profit organization that links together ecovillages and related projects around the world.

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Research projects and potential solutions to the problems spawned by un-sustainable urban growth  and Free Download of a Site Design Manual For Sustainable Communities.