Planetizen, the public-interest information exchange for the urban planning, design, and development community, have published their ninth annual list of best books on urban planning, design and development. Among the Top 10 books published in 2010 is Professor Jan Gehls, Cities for People, published on Island Press.
“With a physician’s understanding of humanity, Jan Gehl is able to examine planning questions of the last forty years with impressive clarity and focus. His ideals – rejection of ideology in favor of common sense, respect for people and scale – offer a panacea to many of the environmental and health crises faced in urban areas across the globe. This volume is organized succinctly, first into sections focused on human responses to locations and then, as it becomes progressively more practical, cities themselves. There is a careful blend of analysis and case study throughout, providing a backdrop to Gehl’s tenets of urban living, which are disseminated at junctures within chapters.”
Among the other noteworthy books on the ist are:
What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs – Stephen A. Goldsmith and Lynn Elizabeth, Editors
Makeshift Metropolis: Ideas About Cities – By Witold Rybczynski
Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Spaces – By Sharon Zukin