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Charter of the New Urbanism

Charter of the New Urbanism

By the Congress for the New Urbanism

Charter of the New Urbanism

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A Vision of Britain

A Vision of Britain

By Prince Charles

An outspoken critic of the failures of modern city planning, Prince Charles makes a personal plea for urban development that preserves what he sees as the unique character and tradition of British towns and cities.

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Italian Townscape

Italian Townscape

By Ivor de Wolfe

For centuries, Italians have excelled at creating formal and informal urban spaces which continue to delight the eye. In clear text accompanied by vignette sketches and numerous black & white photos, the author focuses on the activities, textures, patterns, and organizational systems that combine to generate this pleasing effect.

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

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

By Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Jeff Speck

This manifesto of the “New Urbanism” lays out a vision for rendering urbanity and the responsible use of resources in an America of suburbs sprawling out of control. The authors draw from their own ground-breaking work as the firm known as DPZ, which has designed all across America scores of new neighborhoods and towns that embrace the human-scale, pedestrian-oriented virtues of traditional urbanism.

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New Civic Art: Elements of Town Planning

New Civic Art: Elements of Town Planning

By Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Robert Alminana

Founders of “New Urbanism” provide detailed recipes for creating urbane communities out of the wastelands of suburban America. The authors base their book on Werner Hegemann’s 1922 classic “The American Vitruvius: An Architect’s Handbook of Civic Art,” and present more than a thousand illustrations of sound practices in civic planning and urban design.

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Cities Back From the Edge: New Life for Downtown

Cities Back From the Edge: New Life for Downtown

By Roberta Brandes Gratz, Norman Mintz

Two well-known urbanists, inspired by Jane Jacobs, analyze the prospects for America’s downtowns, and make the case for incremental improvements over grandiose projects.

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Living City: Thinking Small in a Big Way

Living City: Thinking Small in a Big Way

By Roberta Brandes Gratz, Norman Mintz

A New York journalist, urbanist, and follower of Jane Jacobs writes of the small ways in which cities and neighborhoods across America have fought back from the brink to preserve and enhance their urbanity, sometimes in surprising ways and usually at the level of community involvement.

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A Pattern Book for Neighborly Houses

A Pattern Book for Neighborly Houses

By Habitat for Humanity

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and the U. S. Area Office of Habitat for Humanity International have embarked upon a national collaboration, with architects selected jointly by the ICAA and Habitat, to design Habitat homes that fit within the context of both local communities and regional architectural traditions. More than building new affordable houses, Habitat for Humanity International’s mission is to help people build new lives.

The Death & Life of Great American Cities

The Death & Life of Great American Cities

By Jane Jacobs

This is THE 1961 classic that attacked the orthodoxies of modernist planning. In some of the most eloquent and commanding prose of the 20th century, Jacobs argued for the virtues of the row house and tenement neighborhoods that were the objects of planners’ scorn, and in so doing changed the way almost everybody thinks about cities and streets and just about everything else.

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Architecture: Choice or Fate

Architecture: Choice or Fate

By Leon Krier

Noted author Krier, a member of the ICAA’s Council of Advisors, outlines a profound and at the same time sensible approach to the built environment. This engaging polemic is essential reading for anyone concerned with the state of architecture and urban planning today. Krier explains the fate that awaits us if we allow the status quo to remain unchecked, and illustrates achievable alternatives that can make cities agreeable and pleasant places to live.

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

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

By James Howard Kunstler

In the footsteps of Jane Jacobs, journalist Kunstler writes with stiletto-sharp wit about the physical mess America has made of itself. With hilarity combined with a moral fervor worthy of Savonarola, Kunstler takes no prisoners as he eviscerates modernist architects and planners and the “car lobby” that he believes are not just destroying the American landscape but warping the American soul.

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Home From Nowhere

Home From Nowhere

By James Howard Kunstler

This “sequel” to THE GEOGRAPHY OF NOWHERE is a paean to the New Urbanist movement that the author believes provides an antidote to the desolate landscapes of suburban America, and to the ruin that awaits us if we do not expend our resources more responsibly.

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The Architecture of the Roman Empire Vol. 1

The Architecture of the Roman Empire Vol. 1

By William L. MacDonald

The Architecture of the Roman Empire Vo. 1 is an expansive book that chronicles the architecture of ancient Rome in extreme detail. The major monuments of the great empire are analyzed in both their form and symbolic meanings. This analysis is supplemented with detailed and descriptive illustrations, plans, and diagrams. The book is an essential reference source to the architecture of classical Rome.

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The Architecture of the Roman Empire Vol. 2

The Architecture of the Roman Empire Vol. 2

By William L. MacDonald

In The Architecture of the Roman Empire Vo. 2¸ William MacDonald expands his focus to analyze the urban architecture of various types of roman towns throughout the empire. The book provides an unrivaled look into the urban theories of the Romans, and analyzes the various urban forms cities took depending on their functions. As with volume one, volume two provides this information along with fantastic illustration.

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An Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn

An Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn

By Francis Morrone

Franics Morrone’s book on the amazing architecture of New York City’s largest borough is the most comprehensive book on its subject, and is written strongly from the perspective of an architectural traditionalist.

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Urban Villages: The Making of Community

Urban Villages: The Making of Community

By Peter Neal (Editor)

Prince Charles wrote the foreword for this compendium of essays expressing the aims of Britain’s “Urban Villages” movement seeking to build ecologically sustainable “villages” with vibrant community life.

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The City as A Work of Art: London, Paris, Vienna

The City as A Work of Art: London, Paris, Vienna

By Donald J. Olsen

This instant classic of urban history provides detailed analyses of urbanism and the urban experience in 19th-century London, Paris, and Vienna. No better book on the subject is likely ever to be written.

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The Forum of Trajan in Rome

The Forum of Trajan in Rome

By James E. Packer

This abridge guide to Trajan’s Forum is the best and most concise publication on the famous Roman site. Despite the site’s destruction due to two earthquakes and later quarrying for marble, careful research over the course of 176 years has provided this book with the most accurate reconstruction of the buildings at the forum to date. The Forum of Trajan in Rome is well illustrated with 158 images of depictions of the Forum’s original condition, visible ruins, and earlier reconstructions along with the current reconstruction in thirteen color figures.

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The Idea Of A Town (Urban form in Rome ...)

The Idea Of A Town (Urban form in Rome ...)

By Joseph Rykwert

In this book Joseph Rykwert looks back at the ancient form of the Roman town to show how it can inform and enrich the town of the 20th century. Rykwert does this by identifying elements of the ancient town that still exist and have extreme relevance today such as public open space, visible institutions, and texture. Rykwert takes this a step further by suggesting the design of these early towns was a part of a divine ceremonial rite carried out by early mystics. Spiro Kostoff writes in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians¸ “It is refreshing to look at standard themes of the history of urban design from a nonrational point of view, to see surveyors as quasi-priests and orthogonal planning as a sophisticated technique touched by divine mystery… Rykwert’s lasting worth will be to wrench us away from rationalist simplicities, and to make us face the fundamental disquiet of the human spirit in its claim to a permanent place on the land.”

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Principles of Urban Structure

Principles of Urban Structure

By Nikos Salingaros

This book attempts to explain the often beguiling and complex topic of how cities work. At the same time this book takes a look at current cities and compares them with cities in the past, which is then used as a model and way to “re-humanize” cities, replacing a largely banal asphalt-covered landscape with a vibrant, varied, and successful one. The book is influenced by the author’s studies as a mathematics professor associated with architecture. He attempts to explain the city as a living system that can be guided through various concepts.

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City Planning According to Artistic Principles

City Planning According to Artistic Principles

By Camillo Sitte

This classic by the turn-of-the-20th-century Viennese urban theorist foreshadowed by many decades the works of such urbanists as Jane Jacobs. More than a half a century after its first publication, it remains essential reading for anyone interested in the visual aspects of urban design.

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Vitruvius on Architecture

Vitruvius on Architecture

By Thomas Gordon Smith

Author Thomas Gordon Smith, a member of the ICAA’s Council of Advisors, provides a new translation of the five books most relevant to contemporary architecture. Using new drawings and watercolors he illustrates, for the first time since ancient days, Vitruvius’ methods of proportion and composition. This edition is intended for practical application, as an indispensable reference for classical studies, and as an incontrovertible example of the enduring value of the architecture of antiquity for contemporary education and practice.

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The Language of Towns & Cities: A Visual Dictionary

The Language of Towns & Cities: A Visual Dictionary

By Dhiru A. Thadani

This landmark publication clarifies the language by which we talk about urban planning and design. Everyday words such as “avenue,” “boulevard,” “park,” and “district,” as well as less commonly used terms such as “sustainability” or “carbon-neutral,” are used with a great variety of meanings, causing confusion among citizens, city officials, and other decision-makers when trying to design viable neighborhoods, towns, and cities. This magnificent volume is the fruit of more than a decade of research and writing in an effort to ameliorate this situation. Illustrated with over 2,500 photographs, drawings, and charts, The Language of Towns and Cities is both a richly detailed glossary of more than seven hundred words and terms commonly used in architecture and urban planning, and a compendium of great visual interest.

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The Architectural Pattern Book: A Tool for Building Great Neighborhoods

The Architectural Pattern Book: A Tool for Building Great Neighborhoods

By Urban Design Associates

The use of pattern books is a tradition stretching back to Vitruvius and Palladio, and is the source of many beautiful houses. This informative and practical guide documents the revival of the traditional architectural pattern book as a means of implementing urban design. It describes techniques and working methods for contemporary development and construction processes.

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The Urban Design Handbook: Techniques and Working Methods

The Urban Design Handbook: Techniques and Working Methods

By Urban Design Associates, Ray Gindroz (editor)

Based upon the projects and purposes of the author’s own firm, Urban Design Associates, this book is a practical manual of sound urban-design principles intended both for design practitioners and for public officials.

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The Ten Books of Architecture

The Ten Books of Architecture

By Vitruvius

Vitruvius Pollio’s treatise De Architectura, was written circa 27 BC and is the only book of its kind to survive from antiquity. Arguably the most famous text in the history of western landscape architecture, architecture, engineering and town planning, it shaped architecture and the image of the architect from the Renaissance to the present. Elaborating on the architect’s role as a “chief technician”, the book addresses varied aspects of engineering, including harbors, site planning, clocks, aqueducts, pumps and siege engines as well as more conventional building works.

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The City Beautiful Movement

The City Beautiful Movement

By William H. Wilson

William H. Wilson, professor of history at the University of North Texas, explains the City Beautiful movement in this book. Having been derided for being elitist, grandiose, and unnecessary, Wilson corrects these critiques of the movement and show it as originally perceived by the City Beautiful’s chief inventors and advocates. Wilson expresses the desire of the movement to promote participatory politics and change the way people thought about cities, seen before this as places of filth, disease, and vice. Wilson was awarded the Lewis Mumford Prize of the Society for American City & Regional Planning for this work, which was also named Outstanding Book in Architecture & Urban Planning by the Association of American Publishers.

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Architectural Drawings of the Regency Period, 1790-1837

Architectural Drawings of the Regency Period, 1790-1837

By Giles Worsley

The Regency period was one of the great ages of architectural draftsmanship. The drawings chosen for this beautiful volume illustrate a range of architecture, from the grandest public building to the most humble terraced house. The book includes work of the period’s well known architects as well as projects by unidentified designers.

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