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Best Urban Planning Books That You Need

There are countless Urban Planning courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

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

Best Urban Planning 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 remain impoverished while others regenerate themselves. She…
Author(s): Jane Jacobs

2. Planning and Urban Design Standards (2006)

Best Urban Planning Books That You NeedThe new student edition of the definitive reference on urban planning and design Planning and Urban Design Standards, Student Edition is the authoritative and reliable volume designed to teach students best practices and guidelines for urban planning and design. Edited from the main volume to meet the serious student’s needs, this Student Edition is packed with more than 1,400 informative illustrations and includes the latest rules of thumb for designing and evaluating any land-use scheme–from street plantings to new subdivisions. Students find real help understanding all the practical information on the physical…
Author(s): American Planning Association, Frederick R. Steiner , et al.

3. Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design (2014)

Best Urban Planning Books That You NeedCharles Montgomery’s Happy City is revolutionizing the way we think about urban life. After decades of unchecked sprawl, more people than ever are moving back to the city. Dense urban living has been prescribed as a panacea for the environmental and resource crises of our time. But is it better or worse for our happiness? Are subways, sidewalks, and condo towers an improvement on the car dependence of the suburbs? The award-winning journalist Charles Montgomery finds answers to such questions at the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness, during an exhilarating journey through some…
Author(s): Charles Montgomery

4. Urban Planning For Dummies (2012)

Best Urban Planning Books That You NeedWith the majority of the world’s population shifting to urban centres, urban planning—the practice of land-use and transportation planning to help shape cities structurally, economically, and socially—has become an increasingly vital profession. In Urban Planning For Dummies, readers will get a practical overview of this fascinating field, including studying community demographics, determining the best uses for land, planning economic and transportation development, and implementing plans. Following an introductory course on urban planning, this…
Author(s): Jordan Yin, W. Paul Farmer

5. Becoming an Urban Planner: A Guide to Careers in Planning and Urban Design (2010)

Best Urban Planning Books That You NeedBecoming an Urban Planner answers these key questions: What do urban planners do? What are the educational requirements? How do I enter the field? How do I choose between the different types of planning, from land use planning to policy planning? What is the future of the urban planning profession? Here is a completely up-to-date guide to today’s careers in urban planning—a clear and concise survey of the urban planning field and advice for navigating a successful career. Filled with interviews and guidance from leading urban planners, it covers everything from educational requirements to planning specialties and the many directions in…
Author(s): Michael Bayer , Nancy Frank, et al.

6. Contemporary Urban Planning (2016)

Best Urban Planning Books That You NeedPlanning is a highly political activity. It is immersed in politics and inseparable from the law. Urban and regional planning decisions often involve large sums of money, both public and private, with the potential to deliver large benefits to some and losses to others. Contemporary Urban Planning, 11e provides students with an unvarnished and in-depth introduction to the historic, economic, political, legal, ideological, and environmental factors affecting urban planning today, and emphasizes the importance of considering who wins and who loses in planning decision making. The extensively revised and updated 11th…
Author(s): John M. Levy

7. Urban Analytics (Spatial Analytics and GIS) (2018)

Best Urban Planning Books That You NeedThe economic and political situation of cities has shifted in recent years in light of rapid growth amidst infrastructure decline, the suburbanization of poverty and inner city revitalization. At the same time, the way that data are used to understand urban systems has changed dramatically.  Urban Analytics offers a field-defining look at the challenges and opportunities of using new and emerging data to study contemporary and future cities through methods including GIS, Remote Sensing, Big Data and Geodemographics. Written in an accessible style and packed with illustrations and interviews from key urban…
Author(s): Alex David Singleton, Seth Spielman, et al.

8. The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life (2017)

Best Urban Planning Books That You Need2017 PROSE Award Winner: Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Trade PublisherIn the vein of Jane Jacobs’s The Death and Life of Great American Cities and Edward Glaeser’s Triumph of the City, Jonathan F. P. Rose—a visionary in urban development and renewal—champions the role of cities in addressing the environmental, economic, and social challenges of the twenty-first century.Cities are birthplaces of civilization; centers of culture, trade, and progress; cauldrons of opportunity—and the home of eighty percent of the world’s population by 2050. As the 21st century…
Author(s): Jonathan F. P. Rose

9. Planning in the USA: Policies, Issues, and Processes (2008)

Best Urban Planning Books That You NeedThis extensively revised and expanded third edition of Planning in the USA continues to provide a comprehensive introduction to the policies, theory and practice of planning. Discussing land use, urban planning and environmental protection policies, this fully illustrated book explains the nature of the planning process and the way in which policy issues are identified, defined and approached. New planning legislation and regulations at the state and federal layers of government are exemplified alongside examples of local ordinances in a variety of planning areas. New material…
Author(s): J. Barry Cullingworth, Roger Caves

10. Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time (2013)

Best Urban Planning Books That You NeedA Best Book of the Year according to Planetizen and the American Society of Landscape Architects Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. Making downtown into a walkable, viable community is the essential fix for thetypical American city; it is eminently achievable and its benefits are manifold. Walk-able City―bursting with sharp observations and key insights into how urban changehappens―lays out a practical, necessary, and inspiring vision for how to make…
Author(s): Jeff Speck

11. Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution (2017)

Best Urban Planning Books That You NeedAs New York City’s transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan managed the seemingly impossible and transformed the streets of one of the world’s greatest, toughest cities into dynamic spaces safe for pedestrians and bikers. Her approach was dramatic and effective: Simply painting a part of the street to make it into a plaza or bus lane not only made the street safer, but it also lessened congestion and increased foot traffic, which improved the bottom line of businesses. Real-life experience confirmed that if you know how to read the street, you can make it…
Author(s): Janette Sadik-Khan, Seth Solomonow

12. The Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning (Oxford Handbooks) (2015)

Best Urban Planning Books That You NeedThe Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning is an authoritative volume on planning, a long-established professional social science discipline in the U.S. and throughout the world. Edited by Rachel Weber and Randall Crane, professors at two leading planning institutes in the United States, this handbook collects together over 45 noted field experts to discuss three key questions: Why plan? How and what do we plan? Who plans for whom? These three questions are then applied across three major topics in planning: States, Markets, and the Provision of Social Goods; The Methods and Substance of Planning; and Agency, Implementation, and…
Author(s): Rachel Weber, Randall Crane

13. Grounding Urban Natures: Histories and Futures of Urban Ecologies (Urban and Industrial Environments) (2019)

Best Urban Planning Books That You NeedThe global discourse around urban ecology tends to homogenize and universalize, relying on such terms as “smart cities,” “eco-cities,” and “resilience,” and proposing a “science of cities” based largely on information from the Global North. Grounding Urban Natures makes the case for the importance of place and time in understanding urban environments. Rather than imposing a unified framework on the ecology of cities, the contributors use a variety of approaches across a range of of locales and timespans to examine how urban natures are part of―and are shaped by―cities and urbanization. Grounding Urban Natures offers case…
Author(s): Henrik Ernstson, Sverker Sörlin, et al.

14. The Works: Anatomy of a City (2007)

Best Urban Planning Books That You NeedHave you ever wondered how the water in your faucet gets there? Where your garbage goes? What the pipes under city streets do? How bananas from Ecuador get to your local market? Why radiators in apartment buildings clang? Using New York City as its point of reference, The Works takes readers down manholes and behind the scenes to explain exactly how an urban infrastructure operates. Deftly weaving text and graphics, author Kate Ascher explores the systems that manage water, traffic, sewage and garbage, subways, electricity, mail, and much more. Full of fascinating facts and anecdotes, The Works gives…
Author(s): Kate Ascher

Best Urban Planning 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 urban planning 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.

Urban and Transit Planning: A Culmination of Selected Research Papers from IEREK Conferences on Urban Planning, Architecture and Green Urbanism, Italy and Netherlands (2017)

Author(s): Hocine Bougdah, Antonella Versaci, Adolf Sotoca, Ferdinando Trapani, Marco Migliore, Nancy Clark
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 57 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408105

Advances in Human Factors in Architecture, Sustainable Urban Planning and Infrastructure: Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Human Factors in Architecture, Sustainable Urban Planning and Infrastructure, July 24-28, 2019, Washington D.C., USA

Author(s): Jerzy Charytonowicz, Christianne Falcão
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 123 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408530

Integrating Human Health into Urban and Transport Planning

Author(s): Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, Haneen Khreis
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 18 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2250468

Urban Planning and Water-related Disaster Management

Author(s): Guangwei Huang, Zhenjiang Shen
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2251624

Advances in Human Factors, Sustainable Urban Planning and Infrastructure

Author(s): Jerzy Charytonowicz, Christianne Falcão
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 90 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2252274

Spatial Planning in Ghana: Origins, Contemporary Reforms and Practices, and New Perspectives

Author(s): Ransford A. Acheampong
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2309870

Urban Planning and Development in China and Other East Asian Countries

Author(s): Guanzeng Zhang, Lan Wang
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2019, Size: 12 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2313583

Urban and Regional Planning in Turkey

Author(s): Ö. Burcu Özdemir Sarı, Suna S. Özdemir, Nil Uzun
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2354629

Sustainable Urban Planning Vibrant Neighbourhoods – Smart Cities – Resilience

Author(s): Bott, Helmut; Grassl, Gregor; Anders, Stephan
Publisher: De Gruyter, Year: 2019, Size: 38 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2401530

Computational Urban Planning and Management for Smart Cities

Author(s): Stan Geertman, Qingming Zhan, Andrew Allan, Christopher Pettit
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 25 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408423

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are really best-sellers according to Los Angeles Times, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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