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Planning reading lists

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Kunstler, James Howard. The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century, 2006. View on Amazon.

Solomon, David. Global City Blues. Washington: Island Press, 2003. View on Island Press. View on Amazon.


An age of transformation: America's suburbs are coming to resemble its city centres. That is both good news and bad, The Economist, May 29, 2008.

And the winner is...A much-criticised city turns out to be one of America's greenest, The Economist, May 29, 2008.


Alexander, Christopher. The Timeless Way of Building. Oxford University Press, 1979. View on Amazon.

Athens Charter. Congres Internationaux d'Architecture Moderne (CIAM), 1933. CIAM, From Here to Modernity, The Open University

Banham, Reyner. Theory and Design in the First Machine Age. The MIT Press, 2nd edition, 1980. View on Amazon.

Branch, Melville C. Comprehensive City Planning: Introduction & Explanation. APA Planners Press, 1985. View on APA

Clay, Grady. Close-Up: How to Read the American City. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980 (1973). View on Amazon.

Fogelson, Robert M. Downtown : Its Rise and Fall, 1880-1950. Yale University Press, 2003. View on Amazon.

Fogelson, Robert M. Bourgeois Nightmares : Suburbia, 1870-1930. Yale University Press, 2005. View on Amazon.

Forman, Richard T. T. and Edward O. Wilson. Land Mosaics : The Ecology of Landscapes and Regions. Cambridge University Press, 1995. View on Amazon.

Frampton, Kenneth. Modern Architecture: A Critical History (World of Art). Thames & Hudson, 3rd edition, May 1992. View on Amazon.

Garreau, Joel. Edge City : Life on the New Frontier. Anchor, 1992 (reprint). View on Amazon.

Giedion, Siegfried. Space, Time and Architecture : The Growth of a New Tradition, Fifth Revised and Enlarged Edition (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures). Harvard University Press, 2003 (first published in 1941). View on Harvard University Press. View on Amazon.

Jackson, Kenneth T. Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States. Oxford University Press. 1987.View on Amazon.

Allan B. Jacobs, Looking at Cities. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1985. View on Amazon.

Jacobs, Allan B. Great Street. The MIT Press, 1995 (reprint). View on Amazon.

Jacobs, Jane. The Death and Life of Great American Cities, New York: Vintage, 1961. View on Amazon.

Keats, John. The Crack in the Picture Window. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1957. Questia.

Krier, Leon. Architecture: Choice or Fate. Andreas Papadakis Publishers, 1998. View on Amazon.

Le Corbusier. Towards a New Architecture. Dover Publications, 1985. View on Amazon.

Lynch, Kevin. The Image of the City. The MIT Press, 1960. View on Amazon.

Marshall, Alex. How Cities Work: Suburbs, Sprawl, and the Roads Not Taken. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2000.. View on Amazon.

Mie, David. City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles. New York: Vintage. View on Amazon.

Mumford, Lewis. The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects, 1968. View on Amazon.

Mumford, Lewis. The Culture of Cities, 1981. View on Amazon.

Putnam, Robert D, Lewis Feldstein, Donald J. Cohen. Better Together : Restoring the American Community. Simon & Schuster, 2003. View on Amazon.

Roddewig, Richard J. and Bradford J. White. Preparing a Historic Preservation Plan (PAS 450). APA Planners Press, 1994. View on APA.

Rossi, Aldo. The Architecture of the City (1966). The MIT Press, 1984. View on Amazon.

Rowe, Colin and Fred Koetter. Collage City (1978). The MIT Press; reprint edition, 1984. View on Amazon.

Siegel, Fred. The Future Once Happened Here: New York, D.C., L.A., and the Fate of America's Big Cities. Encounter, 2000). View on Amazon.

Stein, Jay M. Classic Readings in Urban Planning. APA Planners Press, 2004. View on APA.

Tan Ying. Relocation and the People - A Research on Neighborhood Renewal in the Old City of Beijing (PDF file).

Venturi, Robert. Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966). Museum of Modern Art; 2nd edition, 2002. View on Amazon.

Venturi, Robert. Learning from Las Vegas (1972) - Revised Edition: The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form, 1977. View on Amazon.

Weingroff, Richard F. The Genie in the Bottle: The Interstate System and Urban Problems, 1939-1957. Public Roads, FHA, USDOT.

Wilson, Chris and Paul Groth, Everyday America: Cultural Landscape Studies after J. B. Jackson (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003). View on Amazon.