Chosen Books

Invited designers and commentators have chosen these as the books that inspire them and that have shaped their worldview or their ideas about design.
75 books
The American City from the Civil War to the New Deal
Twenty Years at Hull-House
Jane Addams
Imagined Cities: Urban Experience and the Language of the Novel
Robert Alter
Pop-Up City
Jeroen Beekmans et al.
The Origins of Modern Town Planning
Leonardo Benevolo
Kinshasa: Tales of the Invisible City
Filip de Boeck et al.
Journeys: How Travelling Fruit, Ideas and Buildings Rearrange our Environment
Giovanna Borasi, ed.
Cities of the World
Georg Braun et al.
The Concise Townscape
Gordon Cullen
The Invention of Tradition
Eric Hobsbawm et al.
Discovering the Vernacular Landscape
John Brinckerhoff Jackson
The Interpretation of Ordinary Landscapes
John Brinckerhoff Jackson
The Economy of Cities
Jane Jacobs
Solution 239–246
Martti Kalliala et al.
Metropolis: Center and Symbol of Our Times
Philip Kasinitz
Energy and Form
Ralph L. Knowles
Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping
Rem Koolhaas et al.
Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon
Harvey Kubernik
Charter of the New Urbanism
Michael Leccese et al.
Object to Be Destroyed: The Work of Gordon Matta-Clark
Pamela M. Lee
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