Issues, dilemmas, choices
Manuel Castells. Professor of City and Regional Planning at
UC Berkeley. Currently interested in the sociology of information technology,
urban sociology, sociology of social movements, comparative sociology
and author of Information Age: Economy Society and Culture among
many other titles.
Mike Davis. A writer on the larger effects of and dangers to
our current way of living. He has written mostly on Southern California,
with books such as City of Quartz, and Ecology of Fear.
Andres Duany. A Florida-based "neo-traditional" planner and
speaker who, with his wife Elizabeth Plater-Zybek, has designed many
walkable towns based on the principles of new urbanism.
Peter Hall. Professor of Planning at the Bartlett School of
Architecture, Building, Environmental Design and Planning at University
College, London. A prolific writer on planning issues and history.
David Harvey. Professor of Geography, Johns Hopkins University.
A prolific author, his interests include global urban development and
Richard Rogers. One of the world's best known architects, and
an advocate of designing sustainable and pleasant cities.
Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein, A Pattern
Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction, Oxford University
Press, 1977. A set of patterns for the language of our built environment,
ideas to bear in mind when arranging anything from a room to a city.
Joel Garreau, Edge City, Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1992.
A great description of this phenomenon; the out-of-downtown commercial
centres which spring up, often at the intersection of freeways (The
area around Houston's Galleria, for example).
Mike Davis, City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles,
Vintage Books, 1992. A vivid description of a dystopian LA, its disparity
of wealth and the people in control.
Peter Hall, Cities of Tomorrow, Blackwell, 1996. Not
really about the future at all, but a good round up of the people and
ideas that have formed planning theory since the late 19th century.
Mostly features America and Europe, but there are a few excursions further
afield, such as New Delhi, Brasilia and Lima.
Raymond Unwin, Town Planning in Practice, Princeton Architectural
Press, 1994. Originally published in 1909, it's the classic description
of how to build towns and cities that are human in scale.
Richard Rogers, Philip Gumuchdjian, Cities for a Small Planet,
Westview, 1998. Propositions for creating liveable and sustainable towns
and cities that are a pleasure to live in without exploiting their local
Edward W. Soja, Postmetropolis, Blackwell, 2000. The
third in a trilogy, "it is the first comprehensive text in the growing
field of critical urban and regional studies to deal with the dramatically
restructured megacities that have emerged world-wide over the last half
of the twentieth century."
Elizabeth Wilson, The Sphinx in the City, University
of California Press, 1992. Looks "at some of the world's greatest cities
London, Paris, Moscow, New York, Chicago, Lusaka, and So Paulo and
presents a powerful critique of utopian planning, anti-urbanism, postmodernism,
and traditional architecture."
"The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning"
"Analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action."
Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Urban Affairs Quarterly No information available.
Affairs Review "emphasises research and scholarly analysis
on urban themes: urban life, metropolitan systems, urban economic development
and urban policy. Historical and cross cultural perspectives add to
its interdisciplinary features."
Best Practices Database
A subscription-only database of solutions to urban problems from around
Centre for Urban
Technology - Links The University of Newcastle's CUT provides
a comprehensive set of links relating to technology and the urban environment.
Cyburbia - Internet Resources
for the Built Environment Vast collection of planning and architecture
resources, including links, bulletin boards and many mailing lists.
Demographia - Demographics, Development Impacts, Market Research & Urban Policy A large collection of demographic charts based on urban developments.
Urban Futures A description of how "future studies limit urban
futures," with links to futures/urban-related pages at the bottom of
Scroll down to find links to their bi-monthly newsletter featuring articles
on urban issues around the world.
American Planning Association
Centre for Advanced Spatial
Analysis Based at University College London, CASA "develops
emerging computer technologies in several disciplines which deal with
geography, space, location and the built environment."
Congress for the New Urbanism
Advocates cities suitable for pedestrians and public transport, neighbourhoods
with a diversity of uses and inhabitants, and accessible public spaces.
for City and Regional Planners A global association of professional
Megacities 2000 Foundation
A focus for knowledge about the worldıs cities with more than 10 million
An association trying to bring about change in the environment in order
to eliminate society's inequalities.
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