Community Visioning for Place Making


7-1/2″ x 10-1/2″, softcover, 370 Pages, 393 color illustrations, Routledge

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Community Visioning for Place Making is a fascinating and actionable guide to engaging with communities to design better public spaces.

It includes 10 steps to successfully completing a Community Visioning process for any location, be that a single block, neighborhood, or city center.

In addition to guiding readers through the Community Visioning process, the book includes results generated from hundreds of public visioning sessions in a broad range of cities and regions.

These sessions reveal what people like and dislike and shows that positive and negative images have been extraordinarily consistent over the years.

Each image in this book has been extensively tested and is accompanied by recommendations for implementation or improvement.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Community Visioning

2. The Progression of Urban Change

3. Research, Development and Results

4. Measuring Visual Responses for Place Making

5. Ten Steps for a Successful Community Visioning Process

6. A Visioning Session

7. Prologue to the Five Vision Focus Areas

8. Vision Preferences for Natural Areas

9. Vision Preferences for Rural Areas

10. Vision Preferences for Suburbia

11. Vision Preferences for Small Towns

12. Vision Preferences for Urban Cores of Larger Cities

13. Communicating Vision Preferences – Recommendations and Realizations

14. The Future of Planning and Public Engagement

15. Why I Am Hopeful and Sometimes Not

About the Author

Anton C. Nelessen is the inventor of the Community Visioning Process using the Visual Preference Survey and Vision Translation workshops. He has applied it in nearly 400 communities across the country and world. He has led an award-winning urban planning firm since 1989. He has been Undergraduate Program Director for Planning, Public Policy and Public Health at Rutgers University. Currently, he is Professor of Urban Planning, Design and Visioning at Rutgers. He and his wife live in downtown Princeton, New Jersey.


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“The Visual Preference Survey process in an exemplary tool involving and educating the general public about the impacts of development and the choices that they have for improving their community.”

—Jim McKensie, Executive Director of Metroplan, Little Rock, Arkansas

“The Vision Planning Process by Tony Nelessen is an exciting new planning technique that allows people to become the planners and architects of their community’s future.”

—Gordon Linton, Federal Transit Administrator, US Department of Transportation

“While there are many ‘specialists’ in land planning, it is hard to find true leadership and methodology to bring the energy and determination of an entire community together towards the success of development. Tony Nelessen has proven his ability to do this very successfully.”

—Richard Sharpe, President of Sharpe Architecture, Wilmington, NC

“This is the most innovative and engaging process for community participation and generating a vision that I have ever experienced.”

—Andy MacCabe, Redevelopment Authority, City of Bayonne, New Jersey

“The Visual Preference Survey Process is an original and effective way for citizens to actively engage in the planning process. The Visual Preference Survey and the documentation of the results are both strong educational and involvement tools. They embody the bottom-up approach of trusting the public to intuitively know what makes communities desirable and safe places to live and work.”

—Gretchen Karfour, Commissioner, City of Portland, Oregon