Urban planning community

+ Reply to thread
Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Best recent urban planning books?

  1. #1
    Member
    Registered
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    1

    Best recent urban planning books?

    Hi all,

    A friend from DC contacted me recently about getting an urban planning book for her father for the holidays, who is a planner in Baltimore. What are some good books on planning issues that have come out in the past five years? Thanks for your help, she'll definitely appreciate it!

    -Deirdre

  2. #2
    Cyburbian Plus
    Registered
    Jun 2003
    Location
    De Noc
    Posts
    17,718
    Here are two places to start -

    click on "Bookstore" in the blue banner below Cyburbia, links you to Amazon

    or

    the American Planning Associations' Planners Book Service:
    http://www.planning.org/bookservice/
    then select either "New Arrivals" or " Best Sellers"
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

  3. #3
    Cyburbian
    Registered
    Jan 2005
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    106
    The American City: What Works, What Doesn't, 2nd Ed. by Alexander Garvin.

    I am sure you can find plenty of reviews out there. This book is an authoritative source because it describes why projects happen and don't happen, focusing less on architecture and site plans and more on crucial issues like financing that are regularly overlooked by in university planning programs and ultimately by professional planners.

  4. #4
    Cyburbian
    Registered
    Jan 2004
    Location
    montana
    Posts
    336
    Making Places Special, by Gene Bunnell, is pretty recent. Its an okay read.

  5. #5
    moderator in moderation Suburb Repairman's avatar
    Registered
    Jun 2003
    Location
    at the neighboring pub
    Posts
    5,279
    I've heard lots of good things about a book called "On Paradise Drive" that is kind of a sociology-planning book.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

    - Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)

  6. #6
    Cyburbian Plus
    Registered
    Jun 2003
    Location
    De Noc
    Posts
    17,718
    Quote Originally posted by vaughan
    Making Places Special, by Gene Bunnell, is pretty recent. Its an okay read.
    I missed the opportunity to hear and meet him at the IPA fall conference, luncheon speaker.
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

  7. #7
    Cyburbian
    Registered
    Jan 2004
    Location
    montana
    Posts
    336
    Quote Originally posted by JNA
    I missed the opportunity to hear and meet him at the IPA fall conference, luncheon speaker.
    I saw a speaker at APA in 2003 who really pushed it. I went out and bought it, though I haven't read all of it. It tries to highlight cases where planning actually contributed to making a good city. Talks about the process, the politics, etc.. behind places.

  8. #8
    Cyburbian Masswich's avatar
    Registered
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Ocean to the east, land to the west
    Posts
    1,057

    Big Sort

    The Big Sort, by Bill Bishop. Not strictly a planning book but has lots of planning implications. Explains why in some places the planners are considered communists and in order places they are accused of not going far enough.

  9. #9
    Cyburbian
    Registered
    Oct 2007
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Posts
    744
    My nomination:
    McGregor, Roberts, Cousins (2013). Two Degrees: the Built Environment and Climate Change.

  10. #10
    Cyburbian Random Traffic Guy's avatar
    Registered
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Lone Star State
    Posts
    630
    I learned a lot from Jarrett Walker's Human Transit, available from his also interesting blog. Lots of good stuff on the relationship of land uses and transit success.

+ Reply to thread

More at Cyburbia

  1. Most important recent books?
    Transportation Planning
    Replies: 6
    Last post: 04 Jun 2013, 12:08 PM
  2. Replies: 5
    Last post: 12 Jul 2011, 12:19 AM
  3. Replies: 19
    Last post: 17 Jun 2010, 12:46 PM
  4. Replies: 18
    Last post: 29 Apr 2009, 3:41 AM
  5. Urban Planning books for kids
    Friday Afternoon Club
    Replies: 2
    Last post: 26 Feb 2009, 1:29 PM