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