Best books about designing cities? Or about what makes for great cities?
Compiling Patrick OShaughnessy's tweet replies
I’m trying to be helpful by finding and listing the best books about designing cities and providing links to them.
Recommendations are from Patrick OShaughnessy's tweet: What are the best books about designing cities? Or about what makes for great cities?
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Crisis in the Built Environment: The Case of the Muslim City by Jamel Akbar | “This book is a whole new perspective, and stand alone thesis on built environments organization, spoiler alert: it is all about rules and rights” - @maso9ich
Order without Design: How Markets Shape Cities by Alain Bertaud (also a few bonus podcast episodes - Apple Podcasts - Spotify)
Project Japan by Rem Koolhaas | “I found the portion on group form (emergent urban conditions like favelas, Santorini, and Yazd) especially interesting in the context of modern urban planning.” - @alexisxrivas
Scale: The Universal Laws of Life, Growth, and Death in Organisms, Cities, and Companies by Geoffrey West | “Cities are complex adaptive systems that can’t be designed top-down.” - @evancharles
The New Geography of Jobs by Enrico Moretti | “One interesting observation: strong employers and great jobs attract great workers, but the converse usually does not work nearly as well; jobs must come first.” - @KGolyaev
The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro | “because it's about the forces that actually design and shape cities i.e. politics, power, influence and private interests. Reading it and using Charlie Munger's inversion principle might be a good way to design future cities.” - @PossibleValue
Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier by Edward Glaeser | “It dived into some great world cities and their characteristics and what makes them great and what holds them back in some cases” - @ScalewagJim
Articles, Journals, Newsletters, PDFs
Chris Kempes and Geoffrey West on 'The Simplicity and Complexity of Cities' (starting from page 64 of the PDF below)
Startup Cities Newsletter - Startups should build cities.
Urbanized [Documentary] “Urbanized is a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.”
WrathOfGnon’s Newsletter - Traditionalism, sustainability, localism, urbanism.
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