The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving
by Leigh Gallagher
Suburbs no longer attract as much money, attention, or interest as they have in the past because of demographic, economic, and cultural changes. See book notes.
|1001 Buildings You Must See Before You Die: The World's Architectural Masterpieces|
by Mark Irving (Editor)
Tour of notable stops in architecture worldwide over 5,000 years but with 47% 20th-century content (and bias). See book notes.
|The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of the Oil Age, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-first Century|
by James Howard Kunstler
Oil will get scarce and expensive, collapsing the way of life dependent upon it. See book notes.
|The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community |
by Ray Oldenburg
Informal social gathering places, Third Places, form and support environments where people can meet social needs for balance in their life and expanded social networks for ideas. See book notes.
|The wealth of cities: Revitalizing the centers of American life|
by John O. Norquist.
Main point: human-centered cities can re-ignite the dynamic energy inherent in urban areas. The author was mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1988 to the end of 2003, and as of 2004 became president of the Congress for the New Urbanism. See book notes.
|City-Building in America|
by Anthony M. Orum.
Main point: the building of cities is marked not just by the conflict between city growth and social equity, but also a life cycle that can be summarized by stages of growth and decline made more dramatic by city v. suburban conflicts. See book notes.
|The City: A Global History|
by Joel Kotkin
Cities succeed when they can serve and balance needs for sacredness, security, and commerce.See book notes.
|Global City Blues|
by Daniel Solomon
Moderism can be undone by re-orienting thinking about and building cities based on human experience and a sense of place. See book notes.
|Ecology of Fear|
by Mike Davis
The natural, imaginative, and urban environment of LA works in a system of doom in which fear ultimately produces a combustible urban standoff. See book notes.
|The Experience of Place: A New Way of Looking at and Dealing With our Radically Changing Cities and Countryside|
by Tony Hiss
People have a continuity of experience of places that can inform architecture and urban design. See book notes.
|Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, A New Urban World|
by Robert Neuwirth
People build shelter illegally when they cannot obtain it otherwise. The resulting squatter settlements have grown to be a significant proportion of the world's population. See book notes.
|Dark Age Ahead|
by Jane Jacobs
Inattention to problems related to families, higher education, science, tax policy, and professional integrity may have dire consequences for communities. See book notes.
by Ruth Eaton
Ideal city ideas often seemed marked by a obsessive symmetry out of sync with human needs and preferences. See book notes.
by Rich Karlgaard
Flyover country can have its benefits: lower costs, appealing lifestyles, and business-enabling economies. See book notes.
|The Clustered World|
by Michael J. Weiss
Geodemographics reveals how people who share similar lifestyle and consumer preferences tend to live together and the resulting patterns can reveal neighborhood makeup as well as marketing insights. See book notes.
|Get Urban!: The Complete Guide to City Living|
by Kyle Ezell
Urban living can be a joy when you pick a place that matches your personality and reflects the diversity and human-scale ideals of urbanity. See book notes.
|A Better Place to Live: Reshaping the American Suburb (Paperback)|
by Philip Langdon
The author suggests an approach in which historically-proven successful urban forms are used as guidelines for present needs, with a strong focus on human-scale architecture, mixed land-use policies, and multi-modal transit options. See book notes.
|The Strip: An American Place|
by Richard P. Horwitz
Examines strip development in Iowa in the late 70's and the struggles of the workers there to balance their individuality with an increasingly rationalized business environment. See book notes.
|American Mania: When More Is Not Enough|
by Peter C. Whybrow
Human brain chemistry lures people into the modern paradox of anxiety with abundance. See book notes.
|Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software|
by Steven Johnson
Individual action adds up to more than the sum of its parts in emergence. See book notes.
|Neon Metropolis: How Las Vegas Started the Twenty-First Century|
by Hal Rothman
Las Vegas develops from an obscure desert settlement to world entertainment capital in about a century. See book notes.
|Miami: City of the Future|
by T. D. Allman
Explores Miami's history and transformation over time. The author participates in and immerses himself in Miami's vices, places, people, and fast times of the mid-1980's "Miami Vice" era. See book notes.
|The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream|
by Peter Calthorpe
|Repairing the American Metropolis: Common Place Revisited|
by Doug Kelbaugh
Describes the built environment and design patterns used to shape it including New Urbanism, Everyday Urbanism, and Post Urbanism. Calls for public policy to reinvigorate urban centers, end automobile-centric policies, provide for regional and local transit, plan regionally, encourage granny-flats and live-work units in housing, and get funding/taxing policies congruent with supporting urbanism as opposed to sprawl and waste.
|Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence|
by Peter Newman, Jeffrey Kenworthy
Examines cities throughout the world and shows how enabling less dependence on automobiles can help the sustainability of cities.
|The city after the automobile: An architect's vision|
by Moshe Safdie
Develops its main point in the first 2/3 of the book, "As cars shaped the city, so the city itself is now shaped to require cars." (p. 127) Describes alternates to the private car: a U-car (utility car) which seems little more than a short-term rental car; and a linear city design including a retractable roof atrium and moving sidewalks.
|A Sense of place, a sense of time|
by John Brinckerhoff Jackson
Argues that community sense comes from interaction rather than static, specilized dwellings.