Monday, February 28, 2011

City Comforts – How to Build an Urban Village – Book Review

“City Comforts – How to Build an Urban Village” by David Sucher is almost a CliffsNotes on the topic of urban planning.  While much of planning is about the big things or big projects, “this book shows examples of small things –city comforts– that make urban life pleasant: places where people can meet; methods to tame cars and to make buildings good neighbors; art that infuses personality into locations and makes them into places.”  To emphasis these ‘city comforts’ the book extensively uses photography to illustrate a design element, such as a photo of a curb as an example of the importance that curbs ramps play in allowing a parent to easily push a stroller on to the sidewalk.  It’s about how these little things make a great city.

more book reviews:

Léon Krier discusses The Architecture of Community

Think Globally, Act Regionally: GIS and Data Visualization for Social Science and Public Policy Research

Book Review: Self Sufficient City Envisioning the habitat of the future

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