Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Nan Ellin
    Pages 1-4
  3. Nan Ellin
    Pages 81-100
  4. Nan Ellin
    Pages 115-122
  5. Nan Ellin
    Pages 123-126
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 127-164

About this book


We all have a natural nesting instinct—we know what makes a good place. And a consensus has developed among urban planners and designers about the essential components of healthy, prosperous communities. So why aren’t these ideals being put into practice?

In Good Urbanism, Nan Ellin identifies the obstacles to creating thriving environments, and presents a six-step process to overcome them: prospect, polish, propose, prototype, promote, present. She argues that we need to reach beyond conventional planning to cultivate good ideas and leverage the resources to realize them.

Ellin illustrates the process with ten exemplary projects, from Envision Utah to Open Space Seattle. Each case study shows how to pair vision with practicality, drawing on our best natural instincts and new planning tools.

For planners, urban designers, community developers, and students of these fields, Ellin’s innovative approach offers an inspired, yet concrete path to building good places.


Community design Integral urbanism Urban design Urban planning

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. of City & Metropolitan PlanningUniversity of UtahSalt Lake City UtahUSA

About the authors

Nan Ellin is Professor of Urbanism, Chair of the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah, and author of Postmodern Urbanism and Integral Urbanism.

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