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Library sources for Town and Regional Planning

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Core eBooks

The city reader Richard T LeGates Frederic Stout 2011 

The City Reader juxtaposes the best classic and contemporary writings on the city. It contains fifty-seven selections including seventeen new contributions by experts including Elijah Anderson, Robert Bruegmann, Michael Dear, Jan Gehl, Harvey Molotch, Clarence Perry, Daphne Spain, Nigel Taylor, Samuel Bass Warner, and others - some of which have been newly written exclusively for The City Reader. Classic writings meet the best contemporary writings of Sir Peter Hall, Manuel Castells, David Harvey, Kenneth Jackson. It reflects the latest thinking in each of the disciplinary areas included and in topical areas such as sustainable urban development, climate change, globalization, and the impact of technology on cities. 

Cities of tomorrow:an intellectual history of urban planning and design since1880 Peter Hall 2014  

Peter Hall's seminal Cities of Tomorrow remains an unrivalled account of the history of planning in theory and practice, as well as of the social and economic problems and opportunities that gave rise to it. Now comprehensively revised, the fourth edition offers a perceptive, critical, and global history of urban planning and design throughout the twentieth-century and beyond.

 City building : nine planning principles for the twenty-first century J Kriken et al 2010

 A well-planned city can be a model of sustainable living. This guide to city building is organized into three parts: Part one examines the past and defines the current practice of city building, addressing its shortcomings and proposing a comprehensive framework for rethinking the approach to cities in the future. Part two translates this framework into nine best-practice principles that are common to successful, livable, urban environments: sustainability, accessibility, diversity, open space, compatibility, incentives, adaptability, density, and identity. Part three makes the case that, far from being the problem, cities, properly organized, can be a mechanism for sensible, sustainable uses of increasingly scarce resources. The book concludes with a call for a national planning process and a comprehensive framework for settlement.

Urban planning theory since 1945 Nigel Taylor 1998

Taylor describes the development of urban planning ideas since the end of the Second World War, outlining the main theories from the traditional view of planning as an exercise in physical design to recent views of planning as 'communicative action'.

Planning ideas that matter livability, territoriality, governance, and reflective practice B Sanyal ed 2012

Four key themes have shaped urban and regional planning in both theory and practice: livability, territoriality, governance, and reflective professional practice. Planning Ideas That Matter charts the trajectories of these powerful planning ideas in an increasingly interconnected world. Throughout, the emphasis is on how individuals and institutions--including government, business, professional organizations, and universities--have framed planning problems and ideas.  The book is recommended for classroom use, as a reference for scholars and practitioners, and as a history of planning for those interested in the development of the field.

Urban planning in a changing world:the twentieth century experience

R Freestone 2000

Learning from planning's histories / The centenary of modern planning / Re-examining the international diffusion of planning / Quasi utopias : perfect cities in an imperfect world / Learning from twentieth century urban design paradigms : lessons for the early twenty-first century / Jon Lang/Rethinking the significance of the city beautiful idea / Planning for social betterment : from standard of living to quality of life / The paradoxes of anti-sprawl reform /  Motor vehicles and the inner city / Planning and heritage : towards integration / David Hamer -- Open space, urban planning and the evolution of the green city /Diversity, difference and the multi-layered city /  Global city regions : planning and policy dilemmas in a neo-liberal world.

What makes a great city Garvin A eBook 2016

What makes a great city? Not a good city or a functional city but a great city. A city that people admire, learn from, and replicate. City planner and architect Alexander Garvin set out to answer this question by observing cities, largely in North America and Europe, with special attention to Paris, London, New York, and Vienna. For Garvin, greatness is not just about the most beautiful, convenient, or well-managed city; it isn't even about any "city." It is about what people who shape cities can do to make a city great. 

Scholarly Encyclopedias

Oxford Reference Online 

A premier online reference product, spanning 25 different subject areas, bringing together 2 million digitized entries.

 Britannica Academic 

Fast and easy access to high quality scholarly information


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