Carfree Design Manual: The Book

Cover of Carfree Design Manual

Carfree Design Manual starts from the urban planning principles established in Carfree Cities and shows how to design beautiful carfree districts that are places to build a satisfying and sustainable life.

Ordering Information


Cover Text

The earlier book, Carfree Cities, proposed a practical arrangement for carfree cities based on walking, bicycling, and public transport. In Carfree Design Manual J.H. Crawford considers how to meld carfree planning with innovative design methods to achieve great improvements in the quality of urban design. The goal is to make carfree cities so irresistibly attractive that people will clamor for them.

Carfree Design Manual makes city design accessible to everyone. The design of local streets will be determined by the people who will use them. The resulting places will fit the needs and desires of the residents.

Once cars are removed from city streets, a great deal of design flexibility arises. In particular, streets can be much narrower than today. Without cars, we are free to arrange the intimate, small-scale neighborhoods that people seem to prefer.

Part I considers theoretical issues in carfree city planning and design. Practice through the ages is reviewed and the influence of values is considered. Methods of analysis are discussed. Density issues are considered and illustrated.

Part II examines the urban planning processes that must be completed before design can actually begin. The influence of planning on design is considered at length. The social advantages of urban villages are discussed.

Part III presents a richly-illustrated palette of the urban elements that make up a pleasing whole. Streets, squares, buildings, and other elements are examined in detail.

Part IV turns to the actual design of a carfree district. Innovative, direct, and simple methods are proposed to allocate building sites and to engage the future residents in the design of their new neighborhood. The methods are based on the creation of urban villages, which offer a rich social life to their members. The completed neighborhoods would reflect the needs, desires, and hopes of their residents. The process should yield complex, beautiful neighborhoods

"Crawford 'thinks outside the box.' He offers a new paradigm for the city, one that also opens new vistas for sustainable cities."

Stavros Dimas
Member of the European Commission responsible for Environmental Protection


". . . a truly beautiful book."

Todd Littman
Victoria Transport Policy Institute
Full review at Planetizen


Table of Contents
(by Stavros Dimas, Member of the European Commission
    responsible for Environmental Protection)
Introduction [PDF!]
Blurbs: What Others Say


Where and How to Order

Internet Orders

Bookstore Orders

Wholesale Orders


Publication Data

First Hardcover Edition

Full TitleCarfree Design Manual
AuthorJ.H. Crawford
PublisherInternational Books
PrintingFull color throughout
PaperCoated, 100% recycled*
BindingHardcover (Smythe sewn)
Dust JacketNone
Trim size19.5 x 19.5 centimeters
ISBN978 90 5727 060 4
US Publication DateMay 2009
Suggested US Retail Price  US$45.00
Suggested EU Retail Price€39.95
Suggested UK Retail Price  £??.??

*The paper is Satimat Groen, incorrectly given as Symbol Freelife on the back title page.


Additional Information

The Author

Biographic Sketch
CV of J.H. Crawford
Other publications of J.H. Crawford


Production: The Gritty Details
On Photography

Return to

Copyright ©1996-2002 J.Crawford