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Building Beloved and Vibrant Community

Communities are the cauldron of social change, and the healthiest, most sustainable changes spring from the grassroots. New Village Press heralds openhearted, bottom-up transformation through books that profile creative solutions to complex problems. Our books celebrate civic engagement, social justice, community-based culture, and environmental awareness. We're the publishing division of the nonprofit Architects Designers Planners for Social Responsibility.

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New Titles

Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty PB
Anne Herbert,M. Paloma Pavel
This modern parable, illustrated by Mayumi Oda, has wisdom for realizing world peace and community health in our time. Let us start the dance!

Root Shock
How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, and What We Can Do About It
Mindy Thompson Fullilove
Root Shock examines three different U.S. cities to unmask the crippling results of decades-old disinvestment in communities of color and the urban renewal practices that ultimately destroyed these neighborhoods for the advantage of developers and the elite.

Openings
A Memoir from the Women's Art Movement, New York City 1970-1992
Sabra Moore
This bold memoir of New York City's activist women's art movement focuses on the cultural upheaval of the 1970s and 1980s, and features 950 color and black & white images that capture the era's fervor and fury, passion and spirit about the need for social change.

Growing a Life
Teen Gardeners Harvest Food, Health, and Joy
Illène Pevec
Candid interviews with teens from disadvantaged neighborhoods, plus supporting studies, show how gardening programs grow healthier minds, bodies, and communities.

Urban Alchemy
Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities
Mindy Thompson Fullilove
Mindy Thompson Fullilove presents ways to strengthen neighborhood connectivity and empower marginalized communities through investigation of urban segregation from a social health perspective. "Fullilove passionately demonstrates how, through an urbanity of inclusion, we can heal our fractured cities and make them whole again."

Beginner's Guide to Community-Based Arts
Ten Graphic Stories about Artists, Educators & Activists Across the U.S.
Keith Knight, Mat Schwarzman
Ten transformative local arts projects come alive in this illustrated training manual for youth leaders and teachers. This energetic guidebook demonstrates the enormous power of art in grass-roots social change.

Asphalt to Ecosystems
Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation
Sharon Gamson Danks
Case studies from North America, Scandinavia, Japan, and Great Britain demonstrate natural outdoor teaching environments that support hands-on learning in science, math, language, and art in ways that nurture healthy imagination and socialization.

Awakening Creativity
Dandelion School Blossoms
Lily Yeh
Awakening Creativity shows in gloriously illustrated detail how Lily Yeh guides a participatory process of artistic expression that uplifts a distressed community. Her open, joyful approach to artmaking is a model for building healthy cultural esteem.

Beyond Zuccotti Park
Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space
Roland V. Anglin, Caron Atlas, Thomas Balsley, Terri Baltimore, Shirin Barghi, Rick Bell, Marshall Berman, Julian Brash, Wendy E. Brawer, Paul Broches, Carlton Brown, Lance Jay Brown, David Burney, Brennan S. Cavanaugh, Susan Chin, Alexander Cooper, Arthur Eisenberg, Lynne Elizabeth, Anastassia Fisyak, Karen A. Franck, Michael Freedman-Schnapp, Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Gan Golan, Jeffrey Hou, Te-Sheng Huang, Lisa Keller, Brad Lander, Peter Marcuse, Jonathan Marvel, Signe Nielsen, Michael Pyatok, Michael Rios, Jonathan Rose, Janette Sadik-Khan, Saskia Sassen, Paula Z. Segal, Sadra Shahab, Benjamin Shepard, Ronald Shiffman, Gregory Smithsimon, Michael Sorkin, Nikki Stern, Maya Wiley
In the wake of the Occupy Wall Street movement, leading planners and social scientists examine public space today and freedom of assembly.

Acting Together I: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict
Resistance and Reconciliation in Regions of Violence
Catherine Filloux, Ruth Margraff, Dijana Miloševic, Charles Mulekwa, Abeer Musleh, Aida Nasrallah, Madhawa Palihapitiya, Lee Perlman
Courageous artists working in conflict regions describe exemplary peacebuilding performances and groundbreaking theory on performance for transformation of violence.

Acting Together II: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict
Building Just and Inclusive Communities
Daniel Banks, Eugene van Erven, Kate Gardner, Mary Ann Hunter, John O'Neal, Jo Salas
Acting Together, Volume II, continues from where the first volume ends, documenting exemplary peacebuilding performances in regions marked by social exclusion, structural violence, and dislocation.

Building Together
Case Studies in Participatory Planning and Community Building
Roger Katan
With case studies of neighborhood developments from North and South America, Europe, and Africa that span more than forty years, this book offers a seminal treatise on the community-based design practices of participatory planning and advocacy architecture.