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 Ciucci, Giorgio et al. Comments:
Mayhew’s London Mayhew, Henry et al.
Twenty Years at Hull-House Addams, Jane
Imagined Cities: Urban Experience and the Language of the Novel Alter, Robert
Pop-Up City Beekmans, Jeroen
Horizons Bel Geddes, Norman
The Origins of Modern Town Planning Benevolo, Leonardo
Kinshasa: Tales of the Invisible City Boeck, Filip de et al.
Journeys: How Travelling Fruit, Ideas and Buildings Rearrange our Environment Borasi, Giovanna
Learning from Hangzhou Borysevicz, Mathieu
Cities of the World Braun, Georg et al.
Plan of Chicago, 1909 Burnham, Daniel Hudson et al.
The Concrete Dragon Campanella, Thomas J.
The Power Broker Caro, Robert
Re-cycle Ciorra, Pippo
The Concise Townscape Cullen, Gordon
Zone 1/2 Feher, Michael et al.
People and Plans Gans, Herbert J.
The Levittowners Gans, Herbert J.
City of Darkness Girard, Greg et al.
Communitas Goodman, Percival et al.
Infrastructure Hayes, Brian
The Invention of Tradition Hobsbawm, E. J. et al.
Tokyo Suburbia Homma, Takashi
Location and Space Economy Isard, Walter
Discovering the Vernacular Landscape Jackson, John Brinckerhoff
The Interpretation of Ordinary Landscapes Jackson, John Brinckerhoff
The Death and Life of Great American Cities Jacobs, Jane
The Economy of Cities Jacobs, Jane
Solution 239–246 Kalliala, Martti et al.
Metropolis: Center and Symbol of Our Times Kasinitz, Philip
Energy and Form Knowles, Ralph L.
Delirious New York Koolhaas, Rem
Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping Koolhaas, Rem et al.
History Builds the Town Korn, Arthur
The Beer Can by the Highway Kouwenhoven, John A.
Three Essays on Town Planning Kriesis, Paul
Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon Kubernik, Harvey
Charter of the New Urbanism Leccese, Michael et al.
Object to Be Destroyed: The Work of Gordon Matta-Clark Lee, Pamela M.
Le Droit à la ville (Right to the City) Lefebvre, Henri
Crossing the BLVD: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America Lehrer, Warren et al.
Theorizing the City Low, Setha M.
The Image of the City Lynch, Kevin
Designs on the Land MacLean, Alex
Quotidiano sostenibile Manzini, Ezio et al.
Design with Nature McHarg, Ian
Politics, Planning, and the Public Interest Meyerson, Martin et al.
Urban Traffic: A Function of Land Use Mitchell, Robert B. et al.
You Have to Pay for the Public Life Moore, Charles et al.
In the Life of Cities Mostafavi, Mohsen
The City in History Mumford, Lewis
The Culture of Cities Mumford, Lewis
The Highway and the City Mumford, Lewis
The Wealth of Cities Norquist, John
Istanbul Pamuk, Orhan
Scarp Papadimitriou, Nick
The Private Future Pawley, Martin
Supercrit #2—Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown Rattenbury, Kester
As I Was Saying Rowe, Colin
The Idea of a Town Rykwert, Joseph
Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture Schorske, Carl E.
American Architecture and Urbanism Scully, Vincent
Miami Modern Metropolis Shulman, Allan T.
Personal Space Sommer, Robert
Twenty Minutes in Manhattan Sorkin, Michael
Paradise Planned Stern, Robert A. M. et al.
Design Like You Give a Damn Sinclair, Cameron et al.
The 100 Mile City Sudjic, Deyan
Patrick Geddes in India Tyrwhitt, Jaqueline
Town Planning in Practice Unwin, Raymond
Everyday America Wilson, Chris et al.
Family and Kinship in East London Young, Michael
The Making of Classical Edinburgh 1750–1840 Youngson, Alexander John Brown
Sense of the City Zardini, Mirko
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