Building Commons and Community documents 45 years of the late Karl Linn's legacy creating neighborhood spaces for communities and by communities. In this richly-illustrated landscape-format hardcover book, Linn presents his philosophies and practical wisdom to help people use the resources they find in their own surroundings to create welcoming shared spaces.
In addition to an extensive addendum of resources for creating community commons, this work contains colorful photo-essay case studies of projects that cross boundaries between professional design and neighborhood activism provide inspiration and guidance for citizens and professionals who wish to collaborate to strengthen communities. Projects include community gardens, playgrounds, parks and other gathering places built on derelict or unused property by the people who use them.
Landscape architect and child psychologist Karl Linn (1923-2005) was a beloved, down-to-earth, visionary leader of grassroots community building, who brought life to economically disenfranchised neighborhoods in cities from Boston to Berkeley. His book documents the creativity and ingenuity of working-class citizens, students and volunteer professionals who transformed derelict vacant lots and drab institutional settings into colorful and lively community commons in Boston, New York, Newark, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Louisville KY, Pittsburgh, Columbus OH, Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco and Berkeley.
Table of Contents
PHOTO ESSAYS OF COMMONS PROJECTS
A CLUSTER OF NEIGHBORHOOD COMMONS
Karl Linn Community Garden Commons
Peralta and Northside Community Art Garden Commons
Ohlone Greenway Natural and Cultural History Exhibit
Melon Neighborhood Commons: The Pilot Project
Neighborhood Commons in Perspective: Lessons Learned in the 1960s
Campus-Neighborhood Peace Commons and Campus Commons
Pueblo City Commons Cluster
TEMPORARY COMMONS FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commons
Symposium on Children, Nature, and the Urban Environment
The People's Convention
Healthy Cities Commons
TECHNOLOGIES FOR CREATING INSTANT COMMONS
FOUNDATIONS OF COMMONS BUILDING
EPILOGUE by Carl Anthony
AFTERWORD by Nicole Milner
ABOUT THE AUTHOR