Ross Chapin, AIA, (BArch / BED, 1979) will speak about his recent book release, Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World (Taunton Press), at Micawbers Book Store on June 6, 2011 at 7pm. Pocket neighborhoods are about nearby neighbors coming together around a shared commons. These small-scale settings can foster a sense of community among neighbors while preserving the need for privacy.
Chapin leads a planning and architecture firm near Seattle, WA. He has designed dozens of neighborhood plans for developers across the US and Canada, and has been a development partner on 6 pocket neighborhoods, several which have received national housing awards. His work and ideas have been featured in USA Today, New York Times, and more than 30 books.
Pocket Neighborhoods was released in March 2011 and includes a forward by College of Design alumna Sarah Susanka (MArch, 1983), author of The Not So Big House.
- "'Pocket neighborhoods' are neighborly by design" by Kim Palmer, Star Tribune