Changing the Commons

Stories about Placemaking

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The intense social and environmental fervor that arose in the 1960s and 1970s in response to assaults on the planet’s life support systems, degradation of communities, and socio-economic inequality unleashed revolutionary change at all levels of society…
 
Size: 8” x 10” Portrait
Pages: 312pp
Binding: Softbound
Publication Date: Spring 2023
ISBN: 978-1-957183-33-6
World Rights: Available
 

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“Places within some of the country’s most iconic public landscapes—like Yosemite Valley, Muir Woods National Monument, Redwood State and National Parks, and Crissy Field—have been changed to create a new balance between the built and natural environments”

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Overview

The intense social and environmental fervor that arose in the 1960s and 1970s in response to assaults on the planet’s life support systems, degradation of communities, and socio-economic inequality unleashed revolutionary change at all levels of society. Out of the turmoil of that era, community-based ecological design emerged as a powerful creative force for reshaping the commons, bringing people together, and forming ecologically sustainable relationships with the environment. The stories in this book reveal how the revolution has played out in reconceiving public places in the landscape of every-day life in northern California. The text focuses on the broad human, social, environmental, and cultural aspects of place-making to create livable, inclusive, sustainable, and treasured spaces. The aesthetic experience of each place is revealed through photos, diagrams, sketches, and plans. Success stories like these offer hope, so sorely needed, for dealing with the seemingly insurmountable current assaults on earth’s life support systems.

William Leddy, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal, LMSa
Marsha Maytum, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal, LMSa

Richard Stacy, FAIA, Principal, LMSa

Edward Mazria, Founder and CEO of Architecture 2030; recipient of 2021 AIA Gold Medal
foreword

Robert McCarter, Professor of Architecture at Washington University; author of several books, including Place Matters (ORO 2019)
introduction

Authors

John N. Roberts, founder of the landscape architecture firm John Northmore Roberts & Associates, Inc. is widely recognized for community-based ecological design for local communities and national parks alike. He is a Beatrix Farrand Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in U.C. Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design.
Instagram: @jnra.landarch
LinkedIn: @john-northmore-roberts-&-associates
Facebook: John Northmore Roberts & Associates, @JNRAlandarch
Twitter: @JNRALandArch

News

“In Changing the Commons John Roberts reveals a nuanced and innovative approach to the art of placemaking. His work is based upon an intuitive understanding of the complexity of creating places that bring people together in joyful and contemplative settings, while enhancing and protecting the natural world. He has worked on some of the nation’s most iconic spaces—Crissy Field in San Francisco, Muir Woods, and in Yosemite Valley. In each instance, Roberts creates a “new balance between the built and natural environment,” often restoring neglected waterways, and always respecting the needs of each stakeholder. Roberts’ projects are based on a deep understanding of the history of a place, its role in its respective community, and a knowledge of the healing power of the natural world. Changing the Commons reveals fresh thinking and a strong philosophical grounding in what makes a successful place; it is destined to be a seminal work on the art of placemaking.”
—Emily H. Axelrod, Former Director Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, the pre-eminent national urban design award program of the Bruner Foundation, Inc., Retired City and Regional Planner, San Francisco and Boston

“In his important book, Changing the Commons: Stories about Placemaking, landscape architect John Northmore Roberts explains the ways he has found to serve our ever more pressing needs to conserve the earth’s urban and rural communities of plants, animals, and humans through balanced, safe and beautiful environments. He updates Frederick Law Olmsted’s beliefs and practices to function in the 21st century and beyond.”
—Carla Blank, Coauthor of Storming the Old Boys’ Citadel: Two Pioneer Women Architects of Nineteenth Century North America

Additional Info

Size: 8” x 10” Portrait
Pages: 312pp
Binding: Softbound
Publication Date: Spring 2023
ISBN: 978-1-957183-33-6
World Rights: Available

Changing the Commons

“Places within some of the country’s most iconic public landscapes—like Yosemite Valley, Muir Woods National Monument, Redwood State and National Parks, and Crissy Field—have been changed to create a new balance between the built and natural environments”

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