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Communities by Design Presentations

This presentation outlines the mission of the AIA Center for Communities by Design, illustrates the AIA's ten livability principles, and discusses how livability issues can be promoted and implemented.
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AIA's 10 Principles for Livable Communities. Downloadable flyers and posters to assist in public presentations and information Packages.


Livability 101
This new guide is designed to help communities, architects, public officials to understand the basic elements of community design and take advantage of existing tools, strategies, and synergies at the policy, planning and design levels so that their communities can reach their full potential in all respects.
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How Architects Can Become Advocates for Livable Communities. This new includes testimonials from AIA members, talking points on livability issues and other resources architects can use to become leaders in their communities.
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Communities by Design: Influencing Your Community's Quality of Life
. This 31-page, full-color booklet outlines the AIA's position on livable communities and illustrates how architects can make communities more livable. To order (item #W900), call 800-365-2724.
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Survey of State and Local Officials on Livable Communities
. This 1999 survey is intended to identify what factors state and local level policy makers viewed as most important in making a community livable.
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Design Assistance Teams (DAT)

Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT)

About R/UDAT

R/UDAT Guide: Planning Your Community's Future
List of R/UDAT Communities

Disaster Assistance

Register as a Disaster Assistance program volunteer

Pilot Damage Assessment Worksheet PDF 43KB
Damage Assessment Worksheet PDF

Guidelines for Disaster Response and Recovery Programs PDF

Handbook for Disaster Assistance Programs PDF (1999)

AIA Kansas Disaster Assessment Program PDF (2003) 

"Good Samaritan" Legislation

Flood Damage-Assessment Procedures

Checklist for Wind Storm-Damaged Structures

AIA Roundtables on Sustainable Design

Roundtable I Summary: Housing

Roundtable II Summary: Economic Opportunity

Roundtable III Summary: Measures of Sustainability

Roundtable IV Summary: Preservation and Utilization of the Existing Built Environment

Talking Points

 Livable Communities
 Density and Livability
 Public Health and the Built Environment
 Brownfields and Livable Communities

Issue Briefs

 Density and Livability PDF
 Public Health and the Built Environment PDF
 Brownfields and Livable Communities PDF


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