In Neighbourhood: Designing a Liveable Community renowned architect, professor and urban planner Avi Friedman describes the planning of a neighborhood in Middlesex Centre, a rural municipality in southern Ontario. Friedman explores the points where design--both good and bad--effects our homes and community life. In his quest to build a new kind of neighbourhood, Friedman describes the architectural and community touchstones, both local and global, that have informed his work over the years.
Worrisome signs--climate change, depletion of natural resources, unrelenting urban sprawl, the tyranny of the automobile, the decline of face-to-face human contact--have motivated us to rethink home and community design. in the view of Avi Friedman, these issues that have brought us to a perfect storm of challenges and force us to question fundamental practices.