Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design

Farrar, Straus and Giroux - 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 of the world's most dynamic cities.

Rich with new insights from psychology, neuroscience, and Montgomery's own urban experiments, Happy City reveals how cities can shape our thoughts as well as our behavior. The happy city can save the world―and we can all help build it. Farrar Straus Giroux. He meets the visionary mayor who introduced a "sexy" bus to ease status anxiety in Bogotá; the architect who brought the lessons of medieval Tuscan hill towns to modern-day New York City; the activist who turned Paris's urban freeways into beaches; and an army of American suburbanites who have hacked the design of their own streets and neighborhoods.

Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design - A globe-trotting, eye-opening exploration of how cities can―and do―make us happier peopleCharles 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. The message is ultimately as surprising as it is hopeful: by retrofitting cities and our own lives for happiness, we can tackle the urgent challenges of our age.

Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time

North Point Press - Making downtown into a walkable, viable community is the essential fix for thetypical American city; it is eminently achievable and its benefits are manifold. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. Should be required reading. The christian science monitora 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.

. Timely and important, a delightful, insightful, irreverent work . 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 Americancities great again. North Point Press.

Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution

Penguin Books - North Point Press. Penguin. Many are inspired by the changes taking place in New York City and are based on the same techniques. Streetfight deconstructs, and reinvents the street, reassembles, inviting readers to see it in ways they never imagined. She includes examples of how this new way to read the streets has already made its way around the world, and innovative bike-lane designs and plazas in Austin, from pocket parks in Mexico City and Los Angeles to more pedestrian-friendly streets in Auckland and Buenos Aires, Indianapolis, and San Francisco.

. Describing the battles she fought to enact change, Streetfight imparts wisdom and practical advice that other cities can follow to make their own streets safer and more vibrant. As 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. Like a modern-day jane jacobs, buses, Janette Sadik-Khan transformed New York City's streets to make room for pedestrians, bikers, and green spaces.

Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution - Achieving such a radical overhaul wasn’t easy, and Streetfight pulls back the curtain on the battles Sadik-Khan won to make her approach work. Breaking the street into its component parts, with pointers on how to add protected bike paths, improve crosswalk space, with step-by-step visuals, Streetfight demonstrates, how to rewrite the underlying “source code” of a street, and provide visual cues to reduce speeding.

Real-life experience confirmed that if you know how to read the street, you can make it function better by not totally reconstructing it but by reallocating the space that’s already there.

Dream Cities: Seven Urban Ideas That Shape the World

Harper Perennial - It tells the stories of the real architects and thinkers whose imagined cities became the blueprints for the world we live in. From the nineteenth century to today, always controversial—were gradually adopted and constructed on a massive scale in cities around the world, what began as visionary concepts—sometimes utopian, sometimes outlandish, from Dubai to Ulan Bator to London to Los Angeles.

Wade graham uses the lives of the pivotal dreamers behind these concepts, towers, to deconstruct our urban landscapes—the houses, highways, as well as their acolytes and antagonists, boulevards, civic centers, condominiums, shopping malls, and spaces in between—exposing the ideals and ideas embodied in each.

From the baroque fantasy villages of bertram goodhue to the superblocks of Le Corbusier’s Radiant City to the pseudo-agrarian dispersal of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City, infotainment-driven shopping malls, downtown skyscraper districts, our upscale leafy suburbs, and “sustainable” eco-developments are seen as never before.

Dream Cities: Seven Urban Ideas That Shape the World - In this elegantly designed and illustrated book, and sometimes megalomaniacal designers, obsessed, Graham uncovers the original plans of brilliant, revealing the foundations of today’s varied municipalities. From the acclaimed landscape designer, created, unique, and accessible cultural history of modern cities—from suburbs, architects, historian and author of American Eden, a lively, to shopping malls and “sustainable” developments—that allows us to view them through the planning, and exurban sprawl, design, downtown districts, and movements that inspired, and shaped them.

Dream cities explores our cities in a new way—as expressions of ideas, make, play, about how we should live, buy, often conflicting, work, and believe. Penguin.

Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World The MIT Press

The MIT Press - A guide to understanding the inner workings and outer limits of technology and why we should never assume that computers always get it right. In artificial unintelligence, meredith Broussard argues that our collective enthusiasm for applying computer technology to every aspect of life has resulted in a tremendous amount of poorly designed systems.

Broussard, a software developer and journalist, reminds us that there are fundamental limits to what we can and should do with technology. We are so eager to do everything digitally―hiring, paying bills, driving, even choosing romantic partners―that we have stopped demanding that our technology actually work.

Campaign finance system by building AI software. She goes for an alarming ride in a driverless car, concluding “the cyborg future is not coming any time soon”; uses artificial intelligence to investigate why students can't pass standardized tests; deploys machine learning to predict which passengers survived the Titanic disaster; and attempts to repair the U.

Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World The MIT Press - S. To prove her point, she undertakes a series of adventures in computer programming. With this book, she offers a guide to understanding the inner workings and outer limits of technology―and issues a warning that we should never assume that computers always get things right. Making a case against technochauvinism―the belief that technology is always the solution―Broussard argues that it's just not true that social problems would inevitably retreat before a digitally enabled Utopia.

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Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places

Island Press - For ease of use, escaping automobilism, to getting the parking right, the rules are grouped into 19 chapters that cover everything from selling walkability, making comfortable spaces and interesting places, and doing it now!  Walkable City was written to inspire; Walkable City Rules was written to enable.

It is the most comprehensive tool available for bringing the latest and most effective city-planning practices to bear in your community. Penguin. Walkable city rules is a doer’s guide to making change in cities, and making it now. The goals are often clear, but the path is seldom easy. Cities are the future of the human race, and Jeff Speck knows how to make them work.

Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places - David owen, wealth, staff writer at the new yorker    Nearly every US city would like to be more walkable—for reasons of health, and the environment—yet few are taking the proper steps to get there. North Point Press. The 101 rules are practical yet engaging—worded for arguments at the planning commission, illustrated for clarity, and packed with specifications as well as data.

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. The content and presentation make it a force multiplier for place-makers and change-makers everywhere.

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Vintage - Penguin. The death and Life of Great American Cities. Compassionate, and always keenly detailed, bracingly indignant, Jane Jacobs's monumental work provides an essential framework for assessing the vitality of all cities. She writes about the salutary role of funeral parlors and tenement windows, the dangers of too much development money and too little diversity.

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. A direct and fundamentally optimistic indictment of the short-sightedness and intellectual arrogance that has characterized much of urban planning in this century, since its first publication in 1961, The Death and Life of Great American Cities has, become the standard against which all endeavors in that field are measured.

The Death and Life of Great American Cities - North Point Press.

Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars

PublicAffairs - Not because they can't afford to; they don't want to. On a saturday morning in december 1973, a section of New York's West Side Highway collapsed under the weight of a truck full of asphalt. North Point Press. It ought to have produced traffic chaos, but it didn't. Samuel I. It was a classic case of “build it and they will come, ” but for the first time the opposite had been shown to be true: knock it down and they will go away.

It was a moment of revelation: the highway had induced the demand for car travel. Eventually, he found, he was not alone. Since the turn of the twenty-first century, a surreptitious revolution has taken place: every year Americans are driving fewer miles. Penguin. They will boost property prices and personal fitness, roll back years of congestion and smog, and offer a transformative experience of American urban life.

Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars - The death and Life of Great American Cities. An urban transformation is underway, and smart streets are at the heart of it. And the generation named for this new century—the Millennials—are driving least of all. They have better ideas for how to use their streets.

Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier

Penguin Books - Penguin. A pioneering urban economist presents a myth-shattering look at the majesty and greatness of citiesAmerica is an urban nation, poor, yet cities get a bad rap: they're dirty, unhealthy, environmentally unfriendly . Using intrepid reportage, and cogent argument, keen analysis, Glaeser makes an urgent, eloquent case for the city's importance and splendor, offering inspiring proof that the city is humanity's greatest creation and our best hope for the future.

A masterpiece. Steven D. Or are they? in this revelatory book, a leading urban economist, Edward Glaeser, greenest, declares that cities are actually the healthiest, and richest in both cultural and economic terms places to live. Perseus Books Group. Penguin Group USA. He travels through history and around the globe to reveal the hidden workings of cities and how they bring out the best in humankind.

Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier - Levitt, coauthor of Freakonomics"Bursting with insights. The new york times Book Review North Point Press. The death and Life of Great American Cities.

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

Harper Wave - These goals may never be fully achieved, but our cities will be richer and happier if we aspire to them, and if we infuse our every plan and constructive step with this intention. A celebration of the city and an impassioned argument for its role in addressing the important issues in these volatile times, The Well-Tempered City is a reasoned, hopeful blueprint for a thriving metropolis—and the future.

2017 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. In the well-tempered City, Jonathan F. Penguin Group USA. As the 21st century progresses, income inequality, mass migrations, natural resource depletion, metropolitan areas will bear the brunt of global megatrends such as climate change, education and health disparities, population growth, among many others.

The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life - The death and Life of Great American Cities. Penguin. P. Drawing from the musical concept of “temperament” as a way to achieve harmony, Rose argues that well-tempered cities can be infused with systems that bend the arc of their development toward equality, well-being, adaptability, resilience, and the ever-unfolding harmony between civilization and nature.

Rose—the man who “repairs the fabric of cities”—distills a lifetime of interdisciplinary research and firsthand experience into a five-pronged model for how to design and reshape our cities with the goal of equalizing their landscape of opportunity.

The Image of the City Harvard-MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies Series

MIT Press - Penguin Group USA. Mit Press. The classic work on the evaluation of city form. The death and Life of Great American Cities. Perseus Books Group. Penguin. North Point Press.