New Village books serve the interdependent fields of social justice, participatory planning, community building, ecology, and community-based arts. The Press crosses boundaries between professional, academic, and informal education with books that engage scholars, practitioners, and community activists alike. Most significantly, our books go beyond abstract policy to present the human story, including the motivations for making a certain part of the world a better place to live.
Through illustrated stories, case studies, essays, interviews, educational tools, and guides, New Village publications celebrate the ingenuity of those people rebuilding society. We cover the creativity of community building, focusing on what works and what is culturally exciting. Our press is centered in the belief that viable alternatives are more useful than criticism, although we don't shy away from reporting the nitty-gritty challenges that social and environmental activists face.
New Village Press is a national publishing project of Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), an educational nonprofit organization founded in 1982. ADPSR works for peace, environmental protection, social justice, and the development of healthy communities. See how you can support our public-benefit Press
New Village Press books are distributed by New York University Press.
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