Posted: Jan 28, 2008, 10:52 PM
Join Date: Oct 2006
Books! Books!! Books!!!
I’d like this thread to act as a forum for people to recommend books relating to urban, political or environmental issues.
I read constantly for both work and pleasure and I’m often at a loss for what to read next. If you’ve read something interesting please leave a note of it here.
I’ll get things started with some titles I’ve read in the past few months.
1. Kunstler, James Howard. “The Geography of Nowhere”
Themes: sprawl, architecture, cities.
2. ---. “Home From Nowhere”
Themes: cities, architecture, renewal.
3. ---. “The City in Mind”
Synopsis: a study of Paris, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Rome…etc.
4. ---. “The Long Emergency”
Themes: oil, climate change, cities
*Kunstler’s books are not only informative but enjoyable. He’s funny, knowledgeable and just a little angry: a great combination for a writer of this genre.
5. Crawford, J.H. “Carfree Cities”
Themes: cities, public transportation, public space
6. Alexander, Christopher. “A New Theory of Urban Design”
Synopsis: Alexander and his students attempt to create a neighbourhood using an incremental, organic theory of design.
7. Safdie, Moshe. “The City After the Automobile”
Themes: sprawl, cities, automobiles
8. McGregor, James H.S. “Venice From the Ground Up”
Synopsis: The history and evolution of Venice.
9. Lovelock, James. “The Revenge of Gaia”
Themes: environment, climate change, energy
10. Klein, Naomi. “The Shock Doctrine”
Themes: free market economics, politics, war