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Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time
Jeff Speck

North Point Press, 2013

“Timely and important, a delightful, insightful, irreverent work . . . Should be required reading.” — The Christian Science Monitor A Best Book of the Year according to Planetizen and the American Society of Landscape Architects Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. Making downtown into a walkable, viable community is the essential ...


City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age
P.D. Smith

Bloomsbury Press, 2012

For the first time in the history of our planet, more than half the population-3.3 billion people-is now living in cities. City is the ultimate guidebook to our urban centers-the signature unit of human civilization. With erudite prose and carefully chosen illustrations, this unique work of metatourism explores what cities are and how they work. It covers history, customs and language, districts, transport, money, work, shops and markets, and ...


Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier
Edward Glaeser

Penguin Books, 2012

A pioneering urban economist presents a myth-shattering look at the majesty and greatness of cities. America is an urban nation, yet cities get a bad rap: they're dirty, poor, unhealthy, environmentally unfriendly . . . or are they? In this revelatory book, Edward Glaeser, a leading urban economist, declares that cities are actually the healthiest, greenest, and richest (in both cultural and economic terms) places to live. He travels ...


The Cities Book: A Journey Through the Best Cities in the World
Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet, 2009

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher* Which will be the first city you turn to in this lucky dip of a book? Copenhagen? Buenos Aires? Shanghai? Or maybe you'll find out how much you want to go to Beirut or Nuuk. Who knew? The world is full of unmissable cities - this large format pictorial will put a few more on your radar. Taking our cue from the buzz on the street, we have captured the flavour of the world's top 200 ...


World's Best Cities: Celebrating 220 Great Destinations
National Geographic

National Geographic, 2014

Delving into the heart and soul of more than 225 cities around the globe,  World's Best Citie s is a glossy, glorious tribute to cosmopolitan life. In photos and words, this irresistible volume showcases long-established great cities like Paris, Rome, New York, London, and Tokyo, as well as exciting up-and-comers, including Denver, Asheville, Oslo, and Abu Dhabi. As readable as it is beautiful, this expansive travel guide offers a playful, ...


The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Jane Jacobs

Vintage, 1992

A direct and fundamentally optimistic indictment of the short-sightedness and intellectual arrogance that has characterized much of urban planning in this century, The Death and Life of Great American Cities has, since its first publication in 1961, become the standard against which all endeavors in that field are measured. In prose of outstanding immediacy, Jane Jacobs writes about what makes streets safe or unsafe; about what constitutes a ...


The Works: Anatomy of a City
Kate Ascher

Penguin Books, 2007

Read Kate Ascher's posts on the Penguin Blog. A fascinating guided tour of the ways things work in a modern city Have you ever wondered how the water in your faucet gets there? Where your garbage goes? What the pipes under city streets do? How bananas from Ecuador get to your local market? Why radiators in apartment buildings clang? Using New York City as its point of reference, The Works takes readers down manholes and behind ...


Atlas of Cities

Princeton University Press, 2014

More than half the world's population lives in cities, and that proportion is expected to rise to three-quarters by 2050. Urbanization is a global phenomenon, but the way cities are developing, the experience of city life, and the prospects for the future of cities vary widely from region to region. The Atlas of Cities presents a unique taxonomy of cities that looks at different aspects of their physical, economic, social, and political ...


John Reader

Grove Press, 2006

In Cities , the acclaimed historian John Reader takes us on a journey of the city—from its earliest example in the Ancient Near East to today’s teeming centers of compressed existence, such as Mumbai and Tokyo. Cities are home to half the planet’s population and consume nearly three-quarters of its natural resources. For Reader, they are our most natural artifacts, the civic spirit of our collective ingenuity. He gives us the ecological ...


The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980 (Princeton University Art ...
Katherine A. Bussard, Alison Fisher, ...

Princeton University Art Museum, 2015

American cities underwent seismic transformations in the 1960s and '70s, from shifting demographics and political protests to reshaping through highways and urban renewal. Amid this climate of upheaval, photographers, architects, activists, performance artists, and filmmakers turned conditions of crisis into sites for civic discourse and artistic expression. The City Lost and Found explores photographic and cinematic responses to the changing ...


Sanitation Worker Exam New York City
Angelo Tropea

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014

New Book to help you ace the February 2015 NYC Sanitation Worker exam! Beat test anxiety and build up confidence by preparing properly! Includes section on new "Information Ordering" questions listed on the 2015 Sanitation Worker Exam Announcement. Seven reasons why you should study with this book: 1. This up-to-date book was prepared by Angelo Tropea, bestselling author of exam preparation books. He has more than 30 years experience in ...


City 2.0: The Habitat of the Future and How to Get There (TED Books Book 31)

TED Conferences, 2013

The world’s cities are on pace to balloon from 3.6 billion inhabitants today to more than 6 billion by mid-century. As a result, we face both a dire emergency and a tremendous opportunity. At their best, our modern cities are hubs of human connection, fountains of creativity, and exemplars of green living. Yet at the same time, they still suffer the symptoms of industrial urbanization: pollution, crowding, crime, social fragmentation, and ...


The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City
Alan Ehrenhalt

Vintage, 2013

Eye-opening and thoroughly engaging, this is an indispensible look at American urban/suburban society and its future.   In The Great Inversion, Alan Ehrenhalt, one of our leading urbanologists, reveals how the roles of America’s cities and suburbs are changing places—young adults and affluent retirees moving in, while immigrants and the less affluent are moving out—and addresses the implications of these shifts for the future of our ...


The Mortal Instruments 6: City of Heavenly Fire
Cassandra Clare

Walker Books Ltd, 2015

Who will survive the explosive 6th and final instalment of The Mortal Instruments series from internationally bestselling author Cassandra Clare? Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian - but if they journey to the realm of ...


Book of Cities
Piero Ventura

Universe, 2009

Ever wondered what people are doing in cities all over the world at any given moment? Piero Ventura’s charmingly illustrated children’s book—appreciated by both young and old—brings bustling scenes of major cities to life in intricate detail. This facsimile edition of Ventura’s original book, first published in 1975, provides a colorful, educational, and unique tour of major world cities. Delight in each city as you look for the ...


The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects
Lewis Mumford

Mariner Books, 1968

The city’s development from ancient times to the modern age. Winner of the National Book Award. “One of the major works of scholarship of the twentieth century” (Christian Science Monitor). Index; illustrations.


The Image of the City (Harvard-MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies Series)
Kevin Lynch

The MIT Press, 1960

What does the city's form actually mean to the people who live there? What can the city planner do to make the city's image more vivid and memorable to the city dweller? To answer these questions, Mr. Lynch, supported by studies of Los Angeles, Boston, and Jersey City, formulates a new criterion--imageability--and shows its potential value as a guide for the building and rebuilding ...


LEGO City: Follow That Easter Egg!
Trey King

Scholastic Inc., 2015

There's never a dull moment in LEGO(R) City, not even on Easter! Crooks Barry and Larry want to get rich fast. So when they find out two rookie cops are delivering a priceless golden egg to a new museum, they hatch a plan to steal it. Will they get away with the gold, or will their plans be foiled by the Easter festival in the park?


LEGO City: Cops, Crocs, and Crooks!
Trey King, Kenny Kiernan

Scholastic Inc., 2015

There's never a dull moment in LEGO(R) City! Another exciting and hilarious adventure, featuring the newest LEGO(R) theme!


Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design
Charles Montgomery

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014

A globe-trotting, eye-opening exploration of how cities can—and do—make us happier people Charles Montgomery’s Happy City is revolutionizing the way we think about urban life.      After decades of unchecked sprawl, more people than ever are moving back to the city. Dense urban living has been prescribed as a panacea for the environmental and resource crises of our time. But is it better or worse for our happiness? Are subways, ...



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