Live-Work Planning and Design: Zero-Commute Housing

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 3, 2012 - Architecture - 272 pages
“Although the live-work concept is now accepted among progressive urban design and planning professionals, the specifics that define the term, and its application, remain sketchy. This encyclopedic work is sure to change that, providing the critical information that is needed by architects, planners and citizens.”

-Peter Katz, Author, The New Urbanism, and Planning Director, Arlington County, Virginia

Live-Work Planning and Design is the only comprehensive guide to the design and planning of live-work spaces for architects, designers, and urban planners. Readers will learn from built examples of live-work, both new construction and renovation, in a variety of locations. Urban planners, developers, and economic development staff will learn how various municipalities have developed and incorporated live-work within building codes and city plans. The author, whose pioneering website,, has been guiding practitioners and users of live-work since 1998, is the United States' leading expert on the subject.


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Defining LiveWork
Designing LiveWork Meeting Its Unique
Accommodating and Relating to the Outside
The Market for LiveWork
LiveWork and Community A Natural
LiveWork Planning Issues
Development Standards
Social Issues and Planning Responses
Code Issues
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THOMAS DOLAN is the principal of Thomas Dolan Architecture (TDA) in Oakland, California. An architect, landscape and urban designer, and development and code consultant, Dolan designed the first purpose-built live-work complex constructed in the United States. He was instrumental in the development of the live-work building code for the city of Oakland. Dolan is active in the Congress for the New Urbanism and is the founder of the pioneering website, which has been a resource for practitioners and users of live-work since 1998.

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