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    A Children's Book About Planning

    by Tim Halbur and Chris Steins

    While playing in the city park, little Hugo wonders, "Who put these buildings here?" Hugo's mother leads him on a whirlwind trip through the city, the country, and everything in-between to explain the answer. This engaging book is an easy introduction to the world of urban planning, and illustrates that "every building has its place."

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    About the Book

    The book is based on the urban-to-rural transect, which divides cities into six different zones ranging from rural countryside to dense skyscrapers. The transect is a great way to look at the building blocks of a city, and to start thinking about how all the pieces of a city get planned in relation to one another. The urban transect was originally created by Andrés Duany, a Miami architect.

    Every day, city planners help shape our cities and towns -- making streets safe for pedestrians, improving building designs so they meet the needs of citizens, improving traffic flow, creating bike paths and city parks, and preserving historic buildings. This book is a tribute to the work that they do in hopes that kids will learn more about this fascinating career at an early age.

    This fun to read, 22-page, full-color, 6"x9" hardcover book was written by Planetizen Managing Editor Tim Halbur and Editor Chris Steins, and features hand-colored illustrations by artist David Ryan. The book was inspired by Steins' desire for a book to introduce planning to his twin three-year-old boys.

    In the News

    Ha'aretz, Israel's oldest newspaper, has this review - in Hebrew!
    Where Things Are makes the New York Times!
    • Read an interview with co-author Tim Halbur about the book on Streetsblog LA
    • Listen to Carol Coletta's interview with Tim on Smart City Radio


    "This is a delightful book that was very helpful in explaining to my four-year old what I do in my work. He enjoyed exploring the illustrations and everything from cows to stores."
    -Jennifer Evans-Cowley, PhD, AICP Associate Professor, City and Regional Planning, Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University

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