A 230-page, graphically oriented publication for cities, regional authorities, homeowners, institutions, developers, and designers, the Design Manual for Urban Areas offers soft engineering and green stormwater-management techniques, as well as strategies for the retrofit of existing infrastructure.

Jury: “Urban design at a scale that architects can grasp and incorporate into their own projects. It is a project both specifically technical and inspiring all at the same time.”

Client: “This book, and the LID [low-impact development] approach that it presents, is already proving to have an important impact on the developments where it has been applied. Indeed, in the past few years, many cities and states have adopted requirements to incorporate these practices into their laws, codes, and regulations. This manual plays a critical role in encouraging communities to improve both their water quality and the quality of their neighborhoods through a set of practices that are community-enhancing.”  —Dov Weitman, chief, Nonpoint Source Control Branch, Environmental Protection Agency