Visioning and Visualization: People, Pixels, and Plans

Visioning and Visualization places public engagement at the core of planning and uses visualizations as an analytical tool that enables the making of informed decisions in complex and uncertain conditions.

The book, which grew out of several years of workshops at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, is co-authored by Michael Kwartler and Gianni Longo and was named one of the top ten books for 2009 by Planetizen.

“In just 104 amply illustrated pages, Kwartler and Longo provide a useful, concise overview of what is, by its very nature, a complicated topic: the transformationof planning by intensely participatory processes and by ever more sophisticated presentation techniques.”

Philip Langdon, New Urban News

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The Guide is a survey of the country’s most flourishing public places—from the vast splendor of San Francisco’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area to the small town eccentricities of Xenia Avenue, in Yellow Springs, Ohio. It asks why and how great places attract and inspire us. The 60 places offer intriguing definitions of what constitutes a public place and provide a composite picture of the challenges and opportunities facing the public realm of our communities.

“This fearlessly inclusive book stretches our understanding of the word ‘place’ beyond all previous bounds.”

Toni Hiss, from the Afterword