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Best Cities Books That You Need

Looking for the best Cities books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

1. The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1992)

 Best Cities Books That You NeedA 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. In prose of outstanding immediacy, Jane Jacobs writes about what makes streets safe or unsafe; about what constitutes a neighborhood, and what function it serves within the larger organism of the city; about why some neighborhoods…
Author(s): Jane Jacobs

2. Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier (2012)

 Best Cities Books That You NeedAmerica is an urban nation, yet cities get a bad rap: they’re dirty, poor, unhealthy, environmentally unfriendly . . . or are they? In this revelatory book, Edward Glaeser, a leading urban economist, declares that cities are actually the healthiest, greenest, and richest (in both cultural and economic terms) places to live. He travels through history and around the globe to reveal the hidden workings of cities and how they bring out the best in humankind. Using intrepid reportage, keen analysis, and cogent argument, Glaeser makes an urgent,…
Author(s): Edward Glaeser

3. Garden City: Work, Rest, and the Art of Being Human. (2017)

 Best Cities Books That You NeedPractical and theologically rich, Garden City is a purposeful guide for the next generation – the book that will help twenty- and thirty-somethings to understand and embrace their calling and purpose as they figure out next steps and direction in their lives.You’ve heard people say, “Who you are matters more than what you do.” But does the Bible really teach that? In Garden City, popular pastor and speaker John Mark Comer gives a surprisingly counter-cultural take on the typical “spiritual” answer of the church. Comer explores Scripture to discover…
Author(s): John Mark Comer

4. City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction (1983)

 Best Cities Books That You NeedText and black and white illustrations show how the Romans planned and constructed their cities for the people who lived within them. #64,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #3104 in Schools & Teaching (Books) #4938 in Children’s Literature (Books) #35 in Children’s Architecture Books (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): David Macaulay

5. Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State (Jacobin) (2019)

 Best Cities Books That You NeedOur cities are changing. Around the world, more and more money is being invested in buildings and land. Real estate is now a $217 trillion dollar industry, worth thirty-six times the value of all the gold ever mined. It forms sixty percent of global assets, and one of the most powerful people in the world—the president of the United States—made his name as a landlord and developer.Samuel Stein shows that this explosive transformation of urban life and politics has been driven not only by the tastes of wealthy newcomers, but by the state-driven process of urban planning. Planning agencies provide a unique window into the…
Author(s): Samuel Stein

6. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2017)

 Best Cities Books That You NeedIn Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they each struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Hailed as “wrenching and revelatory” (The Nation), “vivid and unsettling” (New York Review of Books), Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of twenty-first-century America’s most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is…
Author(s): Matthew Desmond

7. The City of Ember (The City of Ember Book 1) (2004)

 Best Cities Books That You Need  The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to dim. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s sure it holds a secret that will save the city. Now, she and her friend Doon must race to figure out the clues to keep the lights on. If they succeed, they will have to convince everyone to follow them into danger. But if they fail? The lights will burn out and the darkness will close in forever.     “A realistic post-apocalyptic world. DuPrau’s book leaves Doon and Lina on the verge of undiscovered…
Author(s): Jeanne DuPrau

8. The City: A World History (New Oxford World History) (2015)

 Best Cities Books That You NeedThe City: A World History tells the story of the rise and development of urban centers from ancient times to the twenty-first century. It begins with the establishment of the first cities in the Near East in the fourth millennium BCE, and goes on to examine urban growth in the Indus River Valley in India, as well as Egypt and areas that bordered the Mediterranean Sea. Athens, Alexandria, and Rome stand out both politically and culturally. With the fall of the Roman Empire in the West, European cities entered into a long period of waning and deterioration. But elsewhere, great…
Author(s): Andrew Lees

9. Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places (2018)

 Best Cities Books That You Need“Cities are the future of the human race, and Jeff Speck knows how to make them work.”  —David Owen, staff writer at the New Yorker    Nearly every US city would like to be more walkable—for reasons of health, wealth, and the environment—yet few are taking the proper steps to get there. The goals are often clear, but the path is seldom easy. Jeff Speck’s follow-up to his bestselling Walkable City is the resource that cities and citizens need to usher in an era of renewed street life. Walkable City Rules is a doer’s…
Author(s): Jeff Speck

10. Keeper of the Lost Cities Collection Books 1-5: Keeper of the Lost Cities; Exile; Everblaze; Neverseen; Lodestar (2018)

 Best Cities Books That You NeedSophie Foster has never quite fit into her life. The reason? Sophie’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. No one knows her secret—at least, that’s what she thinks… It turns out the reason Sophie has never felt at home is that, well…she isn’t. And as she sets out for a new life that is vastly different from what she has ever known, telepathy is just the first of many shocking secrets that will be revealed. This action-packed boxed set includes paperback editions of Keeper of the Lost Cities, Exile,…
Author(s): Shannon Messenger

11. The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects (1968)

 Best Cities Books That You NeedThe city’s development from ancient times to the modern age. Winner of the National Book Award. “One of the major works of scholarship of the twentieth century” (Christian Science Monitor). Index; illustrations. #88,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #163 in Sociology of Urban Areas #54 in Urban Planning and Development #215 in Sociology (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Lewis Mumford

Best Cities Books That You Need

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some cities books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Order without Design: How Markets Shape Cities

Author(s): Alain Bertaud
Publisher: The MIT Press, Year: 9 Nov 2018, Size: 25 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2299807

Smart Infrastructure and Applications: Foundations for Smarter Cities and Societies

Author(s): Rashid Mehmood, Simon See, Iyad Katib, Imrich Chlamtac
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 19 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407481

Smart Cities Performability, Cognition, & Security

Author(s): Fadi Al-Turjman
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407645

Green Technologies and Infrastructure to Enhance Urban Ecosystem Services: Proceedings of the Smart and Sustainable Cities Conference 2018

Author(s): Viacheslav Vasenev, Elvira Dovletyarova, Zhongqi Cheng, Riccardo Valentini, Carlo Calfapietra
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 39 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407878

Gateway Cities in Global Production Networks: Insights from the Oil and Gas Industry in Southeast Asia

Author(s): Moritz Breul
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408043

Digital Twin Technologies and Smart Cities

Author(s): Maryam Farsi, Alireza Daneshkhah, Amin Hosseinian-Far, Hamid Jahankhani
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408334

Smart Cities in Application: Healthcare, Policy, and Innovation

Author(s): Stan McClellan
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408418

Adaptations of Coastal Cities to Global Warming, Sea Level Rise, Climate Change and Endemic Hazards

Author(s): Frederic R. Siegel
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408818

New Urban Agenda in Asia-Pacific: Governance for Sustainable and Inclusive Cities

Author(s): Bharat Dahiya, Ashok Das
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2020, Size: 15 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2411296

Smart Environment for Smart Cities

Author(s): T.M. Vinod Kumar
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2020, Size: 24 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2411318

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really chart-busters according to USA Today, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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