Chris Steins and I at Planetizen just finished putting together a kids
book about urban planning, explaining the field (roughly) to young
kids. It's a picture book, and I'm happy with how it came out. Take a
Here's the press release:
For Immediate Release: December 08, 2009
Contact: Tim Halbur, Planetizen, tim@planetizen or 323-930-1569
The Perfect Children's Planning Gift
Just in time for the holiday season, Planetizen is pleased to announce
the release of its first book for kids, "Where Things Are, From Near
to Far." The book was written by Planetizen Managing Editor Tim Halbur
and Co-founder Chris Steins in hopes that kids will learn more about
the fascinating career of urban planning at an early age.
While playing in the city park, little Hugo wonders, "Who put these
buildings here?" Hugo's mother leads him on a whirlwind trip through
the city, the country, and everything in-between to explain the
engaging book is an easy introduction to the world of urban planning,
and illustrates that "every building has its place."
The book is based on the urban-to-rural transect, which divides cities
into six different zones ranging from rural countryside to dense
skyscrapers. The transect is a great way to look at the building
blocks of a city, and to start thinking about how all the pieces of a
city get planned in relation to one another. The urban transect was
originally created by Andrés Duany, a Miami architect.
Every day, city planners help shape our cities and towns -- making
streets safe for pedestrians, improving building designs so they meet
the needs of citizens, improving traffic flow, creating bike paths and
city parks, and preserving historic buildings. This book is a tribute
to the work that they do in hopes that kids will learn more about this
fascinating career at an early age.
This fun to read, 22-page, full-color, 6"x9" hardcover book features
hand-colored illustrations by artist David Ryan. The book was inspired
by Steins' desire for a book to introduce planning to his twin
The book is now available for pre-order on the Planetizen website.
Books pre-ordered by 3pm PST Monday, 12/15/2008, are guaranteed to be
delivered by Monday, 12/22/2008 in time for the holidays.
Samples high-resolutions images are available to qualified media.
Please contact Tim Halbur.