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ASLA Design Resource Guides

Universal Design: Neighborhoods

If we want everyone to participate in public life, we must design and build an inclusive public realm that is accessible to all. Everyone navigates the built environment differently, with abilities changing across a person's lifespan. Landscape architects and designers plan and design inclusive spaces for all users.

Healthy and Livable Communities

Working with landscape architects, communities can promote human health and well-being by encouraging the development of environments that offer rich social, economic, and environmental benefits. Healthy, livable communities all improve the welfare and well-being of people by expanding the range of affordable transportation, employment, and housing choices through "Live, Work, Play" developments; incorporating physical activity into components of daily life; preserving and enhancing valuable natural resources; providing access to affordable, nutritious, and locally produced foods distributed for less cost; and creating a unique sense of community and place.

Sustainable Urban Development

Urban development should be guided by a comprehensive planning and management vision that includes interconnected green space, a multi-modal transportation system, and mixed-use development. Diverse public and private partnerships should be used to create livable communities that protect historic, cultural, and environmental resources.

Foundational Texts on Community Design

Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time / Jeff Speck, Hon. ASLA

Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places / Jeff Speck, Hon. ASLA

Sprawl Repair Manual / Galina Tachieva

Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World / Ross Chapin

Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development / Robert J. Gibbs, ASLA

Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream / Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck, Hon. ASLA

Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design With Nature / Douglas Farr

Rural by Design: Maintaining Small Town Character / Randall Arendt

Conservation Design for Subdivisions: A Practical Guide To Creating Open Space Networks / Randall Arendt

The Death and Life of Great American Cities / Jane Jacobs

A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction / Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, and Murray Silverstein

State Government Housing Contacts


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Alabama Housing Finance Authority

Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development

Arkansas Development Finance Authority

Arizona Department of Housing

California Department of Housing and Community Development

Colorado Department of Local Affairs

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development

Delaware State Housing Authority

District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development 

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity - Community Planning, Development & Services

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

Hawaii Community Development Authority

Idaho Housing and Finance Association (IHFA is not a state agency under Idaho law and uses no state funds or state employees to support its operations.)

Illinois Housing Development Authority

Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority

Iowa Department of Economic Development


Kentucky Housing Corporation

Louisiana Housing Corporation

Maine Office of Community Development

Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development

Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development

Michigan State Housing Development Authority 

Minnesota Housing Finance Agency


Missouri Housing Development Commission

Montana Housing Division

Nebraska Department of Economic Development

Nevada Housing Division

New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority

New Jersey Department of Community Affairs

New Mexico

New York State Division of Homes & Community Renewal

North Carolina Housing Finance Agency

North Dakota Housing Finance Agency

Ohio Development Services Agency

Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency

Oregon Housing and Community Services

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

Rhode Island Division of Planning

South Carolina State Housing Finance & Development Authority

South Dakota Housing Development Authority

Tennessee Housing Development Agency

Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs

Utah Division of Housing & Community Development

Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development 

Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development

Washington Department of Commerce

West Virginia Community Resources

Wisconsin Division of Housing

Wyoming Community Development Authority




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