Rhode Island Rural Design Manual
Peter Flinker with Rick Taintor, Lorraine Joubert, James Lucht, Mark Bobrowski, Esq. and Andrew Teitz, Esq.: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Managment, 2004.
The manual compares historic development patterns and design traditions to today’s common practices, and suggests some alternatives that meet the demands of the modern marketplace with designs that fit in with the character of Rhode Island’s rural towns.
Eight design scenarios were chosen for discussion, representing a cross section of possible development types, transportation issues, environmental challenges and social contexts. The manual discusses overarching design principals, including concepts of mixed-use development, pedestrian-friendly design, and livable neighborhoods, and applies them to a larger discussion of each type of landscape scanario and the development context that each site represents.