A Preservationist’s Summer Reads

The days are longer and maybe you’re spending some time up at the lake — perfect time for a smart read. LandOf.org prepared this summer reading list of engaging books.

Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change

Peter Calthorpe
2010
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”This provocative and engaging work emerges from Peter Calthorpe’s belief that, just as the last fifty years produced massive changes in our culture, economy and environment, the next fifty will generate changes of an even more profound nature. He shows us what is possible using real world examples of innovative design strategies and forward-thinking policies that are already changing the way we live.” –from the book

Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream

Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and
Jeff Speck
2010
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”This book is a lively critical lament, and an entertaining lesson on the distinctions between postwar suburbia—characterized by housing clusters, strip shopping centers, office parks and parking lots—and the traditional neighborhoods that were built as a matter of course until mid-century. It indicts the design and development industries for the fact that America no longer builds towns. Most important, though, it is a book that also offers us solutions.” –from the book

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs
2011, 50th anniversary edition -
”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.” –from the book

Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America’s Man-Made Landscape

James Howard Kunstler
1994
- “The Geography of Nowhere traces America’s evolution from a nation of Main Streets and coherent communities to a land where every place is like no place in particular, where the cities are dead zones and the countryside is a wasteland of cartoon architecture and parking lots.” –from the book

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