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Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World

     by Chapin, Ross

Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World

Ross Chapin, of Ross Chapin Architects, is the man behind the idea of "pocket neighborhoods," which consist of smaller houses clustered together with a common area that fosters a meaningful connection with neighbors instead of the conglomeration of monolithic houses found in modern suburbia. Chapin has been the moving force behind the development of these new communities since the first pocket neighborhoods were planned and built in the Pacific Northwest and California. In this book he shows how this concept has grown from such precedents as the Hofje almshouses of the Netherlands, English socialist idealist Ebenezer Howard's book Garden Cities of Tomorrow in 1898 and the small town bungalow neighborhoods of the early 20th century. Like Sarah Susanka, author of The Not so Big House, and contributor of the foreword in this book, Chapin leads the way to more meaningful and sustainable communities of the future. 

Sarah Susanka discussed Ross Chapin and the concept of "pocket neighborhoods" when she was a guest speaker at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2010. At that lecture it was revealed that a pocket neighborhood, Inglenook, is being built in Carmel and has generated considerable interest. This book provides an excellent introduction to the pocket neighborhood concept and its origins and design principles, and has beautiful photographs of several pocket neighborhoods around the country.For more information go to these websites:; and

Reviewed by nk, 05/11. Other reviews by nk.