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Livable Communities

Talking Points

Communities across the country have become increasingly concerned with issues of livability. Numerous surveys show that government officials, private businesses, and individual citizens are trying to address the quality of life in their community and how they can preserve or improve it.

Because architects can listen to a community's needs and translate them into visible and viable options, architects are a valuable resource to communities seeking to improve their quality of life.

* Good design makes economic sense: an attractive community will draw new residents, jobs, and investment.

* Working together, community members can create a vision of what they want their community to be and then implement it.

* When the residents of a community create their own plan for the future, they are more likely to trust it and feel a sense of stewardship that will keep the plan relevant, useful, and adaptable to change over many years.

The AIA's 10 Principles for Livable Communities outlines how to achieve a better, more livable built environment.

 

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