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Life Between Buildings: Using Public Space

Gehl, J.
Published in 1971, this book was very much a protest against the functionalistic principles for planning cities and residential areas that prevailed during that period. It appeals to you with a basic message: Take good care of the life between your buildings.
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Design Professional's Guide to Zero Net Energy Buildings

Eley, Ch
A practical, accessible guide to the principles of developing zero net energy buildings.
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Curbing Traffic: The Human Case for Fewer Cars in Our Lives

Bruntlett, Chris
Well-known advocates for city cycling use their experience living in the Netherlands to argue for building cities with fewer cars.
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Soft City: Building Density for Everyday Life

Sim, David
A visual and clear guide to building better density to create happier, more livable cities. With foreword by Jan Gehl.
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Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone

Cary, J
Draws on stories from around the world to show the ways that design can elevate and empower.
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Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places

Speck, Jeff
Rules and instructions for making cities walkable, from the most well-known and respected voice in walkability.
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Recast Your City: How to Save Your Downtown with Small-Scale Manufacturing

Preuss, Ilana
A guide to growing inclusive local economies by investing in and supporting small-scale manufacturing.
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DIY City: The Collective Power of Small Actions

Dittmar, Hank
Hank Dittmar's last original work offers hope for cities in small-scale, individual actions.
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