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Design Within a Community Context

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"Architects have an important role in shaping the community. Their skills are unique among professionals; no others have the knowledge and abilities to improve sites, buildings, or community and neighborhood appearance."
—from the monograph

When considered in tandem, the individual contributions of architects and planners lead to a more fully realized project that not only addresses social and economic variables but physical ones as well. Learn more about this process in Design Within a Community Context.


DWCC introduces three important "contexts" for the architect to consider upon beginning a project: physical setting; the opinions and behavior of residents; and institutional planning restrictions.

The monograph provides a primer on community regulations and suggests ways in which architects can successfully engage community relations. Multiple examples of plans, codes, and social data are available throughout the text.


Joel B. Goldsteen, Ph.D., AICP, AIA, is a professor of city and regional planning, public administration, and urban and regional affairs at the School of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington.

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