We have just entered the Urban Age, when the majority of the world’s population lives in cities. Most of us may live in the metropolis, but these miracles of engineering and cultural productivity are almost impossible to understand. These ten book…
No Kunstler? No Speck? No Napes? Fool-hardy list.
1. Walkable City by Jeff Speck
Easily the most accessible and easy and relevant discussion about cities. If you are a part of any civic coalition, neighborhood council, homeowners association, business improvement district, etc. read this book for all the stats and research you need!
2. Geography of Nowhere, by James Howard Kunstler
3. Home from Nowhere. Also by Kunstler, an unofficial sequel to geography of nowhere
4. If cars could talk, by William Fain
5. Planning Los Angeles, essays published by APA
6. Pedaling Revolution by Jeff Napes, bike specific but still a great view of how cities work.
7. The Space Between by Eric Jacobsen
8. Death and Life…
9. Suburban Nation by Andres Duany
10. Los Angeles by Reyner Banham