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Rebranded: In the first edition of How to Build a Village, we said that we did not know what to call it. Then someone proposed VillageTown and we used that until recently. In a conversation, someone said It's like the old Market Towns of Europe, and as we looked more carefully, we realised we finally had the right name. It's a 21st Century Market Town. It will take a while for the books to catch up. 

How to Build a VillageTownHow to Build a VillageTown - It's a Settlement not a Development (the third edition, hardbound) at US $29.95 is now available. 

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Buy Local: go to your local bookstores; ask for ISBN 978-09582868-7-9

About the third edition: The prime reason to come out with a new edition was our printing company lowering their prices for hardbound, full color books. Rather than just reformat the book, we updated it both with new photographs and new concepts. Technology is changing extremely fast, with some that will benefit the VillageTown (MarketTown) concept. Rooftop greenhouses that harvest rainwater, use clear solar panels that generate electricity and opaque panels that both generate electricity and absorb thermal energy converted using water-to-water heat pumps can turn a VillageTown  (MarketTown) into a an agricultural zone that ends the competition of development versus farm land. Indeed, using soil science that learns from an ancient Amazonian civilization, that roof garden can become up to eight times more productive than conventional farming. These new technologies are introduced in the 3rd edition.

Note: (October 2015) A softbound copy of the 3rd edition has been released and soon the US$24.95 price will be on retailers web pages. $5 less, lighter in weight, with a few 2015 revisions.

VillageTowns - The Next Step  -   paperback 324 pages 6.69" x 9.61" color cover, black & white interior. Published 11 November 2011 (11-11-11

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Buy Local: go to your local bookstores; ask for ISBN 978-09582868-8-6

About the BookFor 10,000 people, this book will be a life-changer. It proposes to call together ordinary (and extraordinary) people who find today’s cities, towns and suburbs fail to provide for a good life. If you want change, don’t complain; do something. This book shows you how to align your interests to create a VillageTown, a town made of villages that holds the authority and the means to fulfil its promise.

This book is the product of 25 years of research. It looked at timeless, proven patterns of human habitat, and then examined how advances in technology can enable people to take control of their lives by creating their VillageTown (MarketTown). It is the third in the book series, and it reflects the refinement of ideas that came after the first book - refinement that comes when the concept is presented to people all over the world and their views are woven in.

The photographs are in black and white to keep the printing costs down to make the book more affordable.

Currently available with a thicker paper at this web page 



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Life Liberty Happiness - paperback 234 pages 6.69" x 9.61" color cover, black & white interior. 2010

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Buy Local: go your local bookseller. Ask for ISBN 978-0-9582868-2-4

About the bookThe reader emailed: "I don't want to hear about all the details of business... what's it like to live there?" Good question, so Claude changed hats to that of story-teller. He started in Australia where he was giving a TEDx talk, then flew to America for a two week trip packing in 13 meetings in 14 days in 8 states from coast to coast. Rather than write the story by himself, Claude connected with stewards, specialists and supporters and had them tell their own story that he wove into the tale that became the book. Even the protagonist was based on a real urban planner who gave him a tour of his work in Virginia.

Life Liberty Happiness tells in story form what it is like to live in a VillageTown. Written by Claude Lewenz with cameos by Stewart Udall, biologist Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris corporate anthropologist Michael Henderson, and others, the book tells the story of the town planner for Blandville whose 50 year career of suburban sprawl approval hits crisis stage when they take away his drivers licence. Enroute to a retirement village, his driver stops for lunch in a VillageTown where he discovers the alternative to building more suburbs.



1st EditionFirst Edition - How to Build a Village (2007 - launched 2008)

The home office in New Zealand has a few copies left of the signed, numbered first edition of How to Build a Village. This was a limited edition (1,500 copies) run primarily for workshops and conferences, and who knows, perhaps one day it will become a collector's item. NZ$71 including domestic post AU$90 including airpost to Australia. Rest of the world, enquire. Use contact to arrange purchase.

About the name: In 2007, Claude wrote "This question becomes the foundation of a dialogue to which we apply a focus and a name: the Village. We could put an adjective in front, the Walled Village, Urbis or Urban Village, the Ancient 21st Century Village, New Village, or whatever, but we leave that to the pundits – for now, it’s the Village."  It was not a pundit, but a specialist in Australia who prompted the name VillageTown. He was speaking with Claude and said "in Australia a village is very small, perhaps 500 people. 10,000 people is a town." Claude replied, "well each cluster is about 500 people and there would be 10 to 20 off these side-by-side, so why don't we call it a VillageTown?" Turns out no one had ever used VillageTown as a word, even though it was reminiscent of the English translation of the ancient Greek word polis which means city-state. So the stewards bought the domain names, filed a trademark application and the first edition title now has been superseded.

Rebranded: As noted above, now VillageTowns has been dropped. In a conversation, someone said It's like the old Market Towns of Europe, and as we looked more carefully, we realised we finally had the right name. It's a 21st Century Market Town.


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