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How to Build a VillageTown - It's a Settlement not a Development (the third edition, hardbound) at US $29.95 is now available.
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VillageTowns - The Next Step - paperback 324 pages 6.69" x 9.61" color cover, black & white interior. Published 11 November 2011 (11-11-11
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Life Liberty Happiness - paperback 234 pages 6.69" x 9.61" color cover, black & white interior. 2010
US $19.95 plus shipping (about US$10) or you can buy from Book Depository
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About the book: The reader emailed: "I don't want to hear about all the details of business... what's it like to live there?" Good question, so Claude changed hats to that of story-teller. He started in Australia where he was giving a TEDx talk, then flew to America for a two week trip packing in 13 meetings in 14 days in 8 states from coast to coast. Rather than write the story by himself, Claude connected with stewards, specialists and supporters and had them tell their own story that he wove into the tale that became the book. Even the protagonist was based on a real urban planner who gave him a tour of his work in Virginia.
Life Liberty Happiness tells in story form what it is like to live in a VillageTown. Written by Claude Lewenz with cameos by Stewart Udall, biologist Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris corporate anthropologist Michael Henderson, and others, the book tells the story of the town planner for Blandville whose 50 year career of suburban sprawl approval hits crisis stage when they take away his drivers licence. Enroute to a retirement village, his driver stops for lunch in a VillageTown where he discovers the alternative to building more suburbs.
First Edition - How to Build a Village (2007 - launched 2008)
The home office in New Zealand has a few copies left of the signed, numbered first edition of How to Build a Village. This was a limited edition (1,500 copies) run primarily for workshops and conferences, and who knows, perhaps one day it will become a collector's item. NZ$71 including domestic post AU$90 including airpost to Australia. Rest of the world, enquire. Use contact to arrange purchase.
About the name: In 2007, Claude wrote "This question becomes the foundation of a dialogue to which we apply a focus and a name: the Village. We could put an adjective in front, the Walled Village, Urbis or Urban Village, the Ancient 21st Century Village, New Village, or whatever, but we leave that to the pundits – for now, it’s the Village." It was not a pundit, but a specialist in Australia who prompted the name VillageTown. He was speaking with Claude and said "in Australia a village is very small, perhaps 500 people. 10,000 people is a town." Claude replied, "well each cluster is about 500 people and there would be 10 to 20 off these side-by-side, so why don't we call it a VillageTown?" Turns out no one had ever used VillageTown as a word, even though it was reminiscent of the English translation of the ancient Greek word polis which means city-state. So the stewards bought the domain names, filed a trademark application and the first edition title now has been superseded.
Rebranded: As noted above, now VillageTowns has been dropped. In a conversation, someone said It's like the old Market Towns of Europe, and as we looked more carefully, we realised we finally had the right name. It's a 21st Century Market Town.