A Life Creating Community

A review of a new book Building Commons and Community by Karl Linn, a landscape architect and psychologist who worked to create vibrant community spaces in abandoned lots and boring institutional settings.

"What is clear in all the stories of building neighbourhood commons is how passionate Linn is about including the community that the public space is meant to serve. He brings in local professionals to help with construction, local artists to help give life to the space and, most importantly, he is constantly talking to residents of all races, backgrounds and ages to ensure that the commons being constructed will be of true value to everyone in the neighbourhood."

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Karl Linn (March 11, 1923 - February 3, 2005)

I knew Karl Linn slightly, and it was a great loss to Berkeley's environmental community when he died in 2005. I frequently bicycle past one of the projects he organized.

This reviewer talks about him in the present tense and doesn't seem to realize that he is gone. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Linn

My Mistake: I see it is just the Planetizen blurb that uses the present tense. From the review: "though the book feels complete, it is unfortunately not as extensive as Linn originally envisioned as his unfortunate passing meant he did not finish all the chapters he had planned."

Charles Siegel

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Apologies for the error

I didn't realize he had passed. I've corrected the intro to the article.

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