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Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies

by Alastair Bonnett

A tour of the world’s hidden geographies—from disappearing islands to forbidden deserts—and a stunning testament to how mysterious the world remains today

At a time when Google Maps Street View can take...


The Inevitable City

by Betsy Seifter, Scott Cowen & Walter Isaacson

After seven years of service as the president of Tulane University, Scott Cowen watched the devastation of his beloved New Orleans at the hands of Hurricane Katrina. When federal, state, and city officials couldn’t...


New Orleans Under Reconstruction

by Carol M. Reese, Michael Sorkin & Anthony Fontenot

When the levees broke in August 2005 as a result of Hurricane Katrina, 80 percent of the city of New Orleans was flooded, with a loss of 134,000 homes and 986 lives. In particular, the devastation hit the vulnerable...


The Empty Place: Democracy and Public Space

by Teresa Hoskyns

In The Empty Place: Democracy and Public Space Teresa Hoskyns explores the relationship of public space to democracy by relating different theories of democracy in political philosophy to spatial theory and...


Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture

by Justin Mcguirk

What makes the city of the future? How do you heal a divided city? 

In RADICAL CITIES, Justin McGuirk travels across Latin America in search of the activist architects, maverick politicians and alternative...


Architectural System Structures: Integrating Design Complexity in Industrialised Construction

by Kasper Sánchez Vibæk

This book proposes a system structure in architectural design that conceptualises a systemic level in architecture and construction that lies between general construction techniques and specific architectural...


Reconstructing Italy: The Ina-Casa Neighborhoods of the Postwar Era

by Stephanie Zeier Pilat

This book examines what made Ina-Casa a success among so many failed housing experiments, focusing on the tenuous balance struck between the legislation governing Ina-Casa, the architects who led the Ina-Casa...


Reinventing Development: Aid Reform and Technologies of Governance in Ghana

by Lord Mawuko-Yevugah

This book shows how the new architecture of aid has important implications in three distinct but related ways: the discursive construction and production of post-colonial societies; the changing focus of Western...


Memory and Pluralism in the Baltic States

by Eva-Clarita Pettai

Memories, both in individual and collective form, still have a significant impact on how people relate to political processes in Europe today. While much has been written about top-down attempts by states and...


Why Regions Matter: Small Worlds in Comparative Perspective

by Ailsa Henderson

Bringing together experts on regionalism and federalism this collection explores the impact of legislative regions on parties and voters. It reflects on the 1980 publication of Small Worlds by David Elkins and...


Approaching Urban Design: The Design Process

by Marion Roberts & Clara Greed

This companion to Introducing Urban Design: Interventions and Responses shows how the principles and concepts of urban design can be applied and implemented in a range of real-world settings.


The View from the Vysotka

by Anne Nivat

Completed shortly before Joseph Stalin's death in 1953, the vysotkii, or "sky houses," still dominate the Moscow skyline today. Seven in all, they were the Soviet answer to the American skyscraper, transforming...


Deconstructing Placemaking: Needs, Opportunities, and Assets

by Mahyar Arefi

A new taxonomy of placemaking is needed; concerns have been expressed about the professionalization of placemaking through the proliferation of standards, zoning codes, and restrictive covenants. "Place matters"...


Collaborative Strategies for Sustainable Cities: Economy, Environment and Community in Baltimore

by Eric S. Zeemering

Baltimore, like many other cities around the globe, is redesigning local government policy and programs in order to become a more sustainable city. Sustainability, as a concept guiding public action, encourages...


Brand-Driven City Building and the Virtualizing of Space

by Alexander Gutzmer

This book is an investigation of the cultural phenomenon of branding and its transformational effects on the contemporary spatial - and urban - reality. It develops a novel understanding of the rationale behind...


The Political Economy of Aid and Accountability: The Rise and Fall of Budget Support in Tanzania

by Helen Tilley

The provision of aid is increasingly under scrutiny with increasing demands for results. This raises the question: what are our expectations from aid and are they realistic? Too often accountability is argued...


Australian Environmental Planning: Challenges and Future Prospects

by Jason Byrne, Neil Sipe & Jago Dodson

Australians from all walks of life have begun to realise the nation's cities cannot sustain profligate growth indefinitely. Dwindling water supplies, failing food bowls, increased energy costs, more severe bushfires,...


The City: A Dictionary of Quotable Thoughts on Cities and Urban Life

by James A. Clapp

The City is the best, funniest, saddest, and most thought-provoking compilation ever assembled on the urban scene. James A. Clapp has arranged more than three thousand quotations—epigrams, epithets, verses,...


Ecology of Fear

by Mike Davis

Los Angeles has become a magnet for the American apocalyptic imagination. Riot, fire, flood, earthquake...only locusts are missing from the almost biblical list of disasters that have struck the city in the...


Energy Security in Japan: Challenges After Fukushima

by Vlado Vivoda

In this book Vlado Vivoda aims to examine the drastically changed environment following Fukushima the disaster, to analyse Japan's energy security challenges and evaluate Tokyo's energy policy options. By looking...