Additional Readings on Urban Design

There's only so much we can cover in one fifteen minute podcast! If you're interested in learning more about urban design, check out some of these expert-recommended books below.



The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs

The Death and Life of Great American Cities is one of the most influential books in urban theory. Jane Jacobs’ critique of conventional urban policy continues to be a landmark in social design and urban planning.




Defensible Space: Crime Prevention Through Urban Design by Oscar Newman

An urban planning classic, Oscar Newman’s Defensible Space addresses the problem of crime in public housing projects in a thorough study of how architecture shapes social relations.





Detroit: A Biography by Scott Martelle

Detroit examines how public policies, private business decisions and social fractures collapsed the heart of one America’s greatest cities and industrial centers. 





Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution by David Harvey

Cities are the sites of utopian thinking and social and political struggles. David Harvey takes a sweeping look at the challenge of global cities, which are the site of contestations over urban resources and quality of life.




City: Rediscovering the Center by William H. Whyte

City is a pioneering work on the life and dynamics of the urban environment. Combining over sixteen years of fieldwork on the streets of New York and other major cities, William Whyte presents fascinating illustrations about the anatomy of urban life.