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Rethinking Streets: An Evidence-Based Guide to 25 Complete Street Transformations (2013)

A book about transforming streets that were originally designed to accommodate motor vehicles rather than pedestrians and bicyclists. A product of the University of Oregon's Sustainable Cities Initiative and NITC.

Transforming Cities: Revival in the Square (2004). Corbett, N.

The art of creating public spaces. Includes references to projects in the Netherlands and Seattle.

Designing Cities for People (2008). Fontana-Giusti, G., Editor.

Proposes methodologies and strategies based on studies of pedestrian culture. Central theme of walking and its relevance within culture and history. Depicts and analyses walking routes within cities, and their relevance to human experience, health and sustainability. The authors explore facets of spatial design such as urban dynamism, urban experience, way-finding, urban rooms and urban walls, and discuss how these strategies answer the question faced by every spatial planner today: how to create sustainable cities.

Planning Amsterdam: Scenarios for Urban Development 1928-2003 (2003)
. Jolles, A., Editor.

Since 1928, nine master plans have been created for the city of Amsterdam. The most recent, "Opting for Urbanity," was completed in 2003 by the city's Physical Planning Department. In this span of 75 years, the particular composition of urban space is still a subject of debate and discussion, a conversation mapped out in this book through words, images, and a series of topographies.

Green Urbanism : Learning from European Cities (2000)
. Beatley, T.

Explains what planners and local officials in the United States can learn from the sustainable city movement in Europe. Draws from extensive European experience, examining the progress and policies of twenty-five in eleven European countries, which Beatley researched during a year-long stay in the Netherlands.

False Flat: Why Dutch Design Is So Good (2004)
. Betsky, A.

Betsky's bicycle ride illustrates the long historical tradition of urban planning in the Netherlands. Gives a thorough overview and insight into the historical, political, social, esthetic, and cultural factors that have led Dutch design to become so highly regarded in the world. 400 pages.

Place Making : Developing Town Centers, Main Streets, and Urban Villages (2002)
. Bohl, C.

One of the hottest trends in real estate is the development of town centers and urban villages that include a mix of uses in a pedestrian friendly setting. This book helps navigate the unique development issues and options and show you how to make all of the elements work together.

Carfree Cities (2002)
. Crawford, J.

Historical and contemporary references to precedents and ideological errors of 20th-century planning. Sets up the carfree city as the cornerstone of sustainable development.

New City Life (2006)
. Gehl, Gemzøe, Kirknæs & Søndergaard.

Based on the comprehensive and detailed study of city life in Copenhagen over the past four decades conducted by the Center for Public Space Research at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

Public Spaces, Public Life (1996)
. Gehl, J. & Gemzoe, L.

Describes the remarkable qualitative improvements which have taken place in central Copenhagen over the past 34 years, and how they have been accomplished, and is a handbook on how to create human qualities in the city.

Community by Design: New Urbanism for Suburbs and Small Communities (2001)
. Hall, K., & Porterfield, G.

Project profiles and comparisons of conventional suburbs and traditional neighborhood developments illustrate how streets, housing, open space, and land uses affect our sense of community. Pedestrians, drivers, transit users, and bicyclists are all considered; street connectivity, parking solutions, and pedestrian-friendly development are outlined.

Future Transport in Cities (2001)
. Richards, B.

Looks at current transportation systems and explores automated highways, covered cities, monorails, new elevated systems, smart cars, guided buses, as well as intelligent highways, and car-free housing. The importance of simple measures such as walking and cycling are an essential part of any future city. 176 pages.

The Sustainable Urban Development Reader (The Routledge Urban Reader Series) (2004)
. Wheeler, S.

Classic readings from a wide variety of sources to investigate how our cities and towns can become more sustainable. Includes an article titled "Bicycle Renaissance in North America?".

Impact (2005). Buurman, M.

Details the history of urban planning in Amsterdam after 1986, including commentary on some 15 major projects developed during that time. Dual language English / Dutch.

City Centre Planning and Public Transport: Case Studies From Britain, West Germany and France (1988). Simpson, Barry J.


Land Use and Transport (2007). Marshall, S. and Bannister, D. (Editors).

Focuses on the relationships between transport and land use planning. Chapters on promoting cycling for public health, promotion of walking as a complex interdisciplinary task.

Smart Growth in a Changing World (2007)
. Barnett, J.

United States' hidden growth crisis and how balanced transportation and natural resource preservation can put urban development on a sustainable path. Case studies in Florida and the Northeast as well as proposals for green cities, mixed-use centers, walkable neighborhoods, and planning policies.

The New Transit Town : Best Practices in Transit-Oriented Development (2004)
. Dittmar, H. & Ohland, G., Editors.

Explores the key challenges to transit-oriented development, examines the lessons learned from the first generation of projects, and examines a broad spectrum of projects to set standards for the next generation.

The Highway and the City (1964)
. Mumford, L.