Over vacation I took the opportunity to dive into The Smart Growth Manual by Andres Duany, Jeff Speck and, fellow Living Urbanism editor, Mike Lydon. The manual is a comprehensive review of the practices that lead to the creation of smart places. I highly recommend giving it a read even if you are a seasoned practitioner. The concise text and illustrative images layout the techniques that are at the forefront of planning, urban design and architecture. The design of the book is memorable as well. I hope to see it on the desks of town planners everywhere.