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Seven Classic, Must-Read Books About the Local Food Movement

Local Food Classics

The term “locavore” has been used to describe people as diverse as former hippies living off the land as well as foodies perusing farmers’ markets for organic produce. The notion of local food and its place in the United States’ economy is evolving, however.[read more]

Bottom-Up + Top-Down Support = People Centred Urban Solutions

May 19, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Urban Solutions

CITIES is about to launch the book We Own This City. The book’s ambition is to: ‘understanding how traditionally ‘top-down’ players are changing their working processes to adapt to the current system in which a more active urban population is setting new rules and standards form the bottom-up.'[read more]

New Prefab Book of Note: Prefabulous World

April 19, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Prefab House Book

As we have been recently writing a series about green prefabricated homes, the timing could be no better for the release of “Prefabulous World – Energy Efficient and Sustainable Homes Around the Globe,” a new book on prefab homes by Sheri Koones.[read more]

The Shift to Complete Streets

December 15, 2013 by The Dirt ASLA

Complete Streets

In her new book Completing Our Streets: The Transition to Safe and Inclusive Transportation Networks, Barbara McCann notes that “the fundamental philosophy behind the complete streets movement can seem painfully obvious: roads should be safe for everyone traveling along them.”[read more]

City Sustainability Leaders Share Their Successes in The Guide to Greening Cities

December 4, 2013 by Kaid Benfield

Greening Cities

One of the most encouraging recent trends in municipal government has been the adoption of sustainability as a critical part of the urban agenda. Few places were even talking about these issues a decade ago. These ambitions deserve our applause.[read more]

Resiliency and The City: A Review of The Nature of Urban Design

November 10, 2013 by This Big City

City Resiliency

For the world of urban policy, Superstorm Sandy’s landfall was, in many senses of the word, a watershed moment. Sandy brought the raw power of nature to bear on urban areas otherwise used to mixing with nature only in sandals along the beach or running shoes in Central Park.[read more]

Past, Present, Future of Automobiles in America

August 13, 2013 by This Big City

Automobiles in America

Andy Singer doesn’t much care for cars, and he doesn’t want you to either. 'Why We Drive' is his pitch for “car-free cities and car-free living.” A cartoonist, Singer uses graphics, historical anecdotes, and troubling facts about autos to rally a visual assault on America’s car culture.[read more]

21 Days and Counting...

January 28, 2012 by Robert Kirkman

I could hardly resist buying and reading a book titled Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs. It falls into that happy category I call "train reading": engaging enough to hold my attention at the beginnings and ends of work days, but not so demanding that I can't break off from it when I have to change trains or start walking.The...[read more]

4 Cities Books to Start into the New Year

January 5, 2012 by Fabian Neuhaus

From sustainability to the new beauty in the following four books are put forward to start into 2012. The topics all address some of the concerns raised about cities in the past year or so and all contribute to the current discussion around changes in social and spatial organisation at large. With globalisation and technology social...[read more]

Best Books of 2011

November 24, 2011 by The Dirt ASLA

Last year, we only have five top books (see earlier post), but this year we’ve expanded the list to ten. A range of great books came past our desks, and any of these may be of interest to your favorite landscape architect. Here are the top ten books of 2011, along with a list of honorable...[read more]

Book - Self Sufficient City - A Promise

November 15, 2010 by Fabian Neuhaus

The ecological footprint of todays cities around the world has been subject for debate for a number of years now. With the majority of the worlds population living in cities this is an obvious thing to do in order to to optimise energy consumption to reduce the over usage of recourses. In the two discussion on the topic Ecological...[read more]

Shay Salomon’s Little House on a Small Planet… Reviewed

July 3, 2010 by Jared Volpe

Shay Salomon’s Little House on a Small Planet is not a book about little house design, as I originally thought; it’s a book about everything you should think about before you design and build. Or — if you already own a house — it’s a way to rethink space, and ultimately decide what you want in a “dream house” and what you can compromise...[read more]