Tuesday, 5 December 2006

Books to buy for Christmas 2006

The following urban design books are the most useful I have read. They are, in effect, seminal texts. Ask for them for Christmas!

Alexander, Christopher, A New Theory of Urban Design, Oxford University Press, New York, 1987.

Anderson, Stanford (editor), On Streets, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1991.

Appleyard, Donald, The View from the Road, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1964.

Bacon, Edmund N., Design of Cities, Viking Press, New York, 1967.

Barnett, Jonathan, An Introduction to Urban Design, Harper & Row, New York, 1982.

Barnett, Jonathan, The Elusive City: Five Centuries of Design, Ambition, and Miscalculation, Harper & Row, New York, 1986.

Baudrillard, Jean America, Verso, London, 1988.

Boyer, M. Christine, The City of Collective Memory: Its Historical Imagery and Architectural Entertainments, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1994.

Boyer, M. Christine, Dreaming the Rational City: The Myth of American City Planning, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1983.

Calthorpe, Peter, The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community and the American Dream, Princeton Architectural Press, New York, 1993.

Collins, George R. and Collins, Christine Crasemann, Camillo Sitte: The Birth of Modern City Planning, Rizzoli, New York, 1986.

Cullen, Gordon, Townscape, Reinhold, New York, 1961.

Duany, Andres and Plater-Zyberk, Elizabeth, Towns and Town-Making Principles, Rizzoli, New York, 1991.

Gandelsonas, Mario, The Urban Text, MIT Press, Cambridge, 1991.

Gosling, David and Maitland, Barry, Concepts of Urban Design, Academy Editions, St. Martin's Press, London and New York, 1984.

Jacobs, Alan, Great Streets, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1993.

Jacobs, Jane, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Random House, New York, 1961

Katz, Peter, The New Urbanism: Toward an Architecture of Community, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1994.

Kelbaugh, Doug, editor, The Pedestrian Pocket Book: A new Suburban Design Strategy, Princeton Architectural Press, New York, 1989.

Kostoff, Spiro, The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History, Thames and Hudson, London, 1991.

Krier, Rob, Urban Space, Rizzoli, New York, 1979.

Kunstler, James Howard, The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man- made Landscape, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1993.

Lynch, Kevin, Good City Form, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1984.

Lynch, Kevin, The Image of the City, Technology Press & Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1960.

Lynch, Kevin, A Theory of Good Urban Form, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1981.

Newman, Oscar, Defensible Space, MacMillan, New York, 1972.

Rasmussen, Steen Eiler, Towns and Buildings, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1949.

Reps, John, The Making of Urban America: A History of City Planning in the United States, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1965.

Rossi, Aldo, The Architecture of the City, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1982.

Rowe, Colin and Koetter, Fred, Collage City, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1979?

Rowe, Peter, Making a Middle Landscape, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1991.

Sennett, Richard, The Conscience of the Eye: The Design and Social Life of Cities, W.W. Norton, New York, 1990.

Sennett, Richard, The Fall of Public Man, Knopf, New York, 1977.

Sennett, Richard - new book

Sitte, Camillo, The Art of Building Cities: City Building According to its Artistic Fundamentals, translated by Charles T. Stewart, Reinhold Publishing Corporation, New York, 1945.

Sorkin, Michael, editor, Variations on a Theme Park, Noonday Press, New York, 1992.

Stein, Clarence S., Toward New Towns for America, University Press of Liverpool, Liverpool, 1951.

Unwin, Raymond, Town Planning in Practice: An Introduction to the Art of Designing Cities and Suburbs, Princeton Architectural Press, New York, 1994.

Van der Ryn and Calthorpe, Peter, Sustainable Communities: A New Design Synthesis for Cities, Suburbs, and Towns, Siera Club Books, San Francisco, 1986.

Whyte, William, The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, The Conservation Foundation, Washington, D.C., 1980.

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