Category: Books

Top 5 Urban Scenario Planning Mistakes

My forthcoming book, Scenario Planning for Cities and Regions, describes the diverse ways that scenario planning methods are used by urban planners. In general I try to take an inclusive approach and discuss a wide variety of projects that use scenarios, since planning is diverse and therefore different settings call for different methods. However, I […]

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New book forthcoming: ‘Scenario Planning for Cities and Regions: Managing and Envisioning Uncertain Futures’

Over the past couple years I have been hard at work on a book about how cities are planning their long-term futures using a methodology known as scenario planning. The book now has a publication date–April 1, 2020–and is now available for pre-order from Amazon.com and Columbia University Press (through a partnership with the book’s […]

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Book Review: The Well-Tempered City

The complexity of cities have posed a challenge to all who choose to write about them in a comprehensive way. On the one hand, this can result in lengthy books which draw their authors across a vast intellectual terrain. Patrick Geddes’s Cities in Evolution exceeds 400 pages, and the paperback edition of Lewis Mumford’s magnum opus The City […]

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Ten Books of 2010-2011

A few years back, I was asked to name the books that had made the biggest impact on me. Three came immediately to mind: Jane Jacob’s Death and Life of Great American Cities, Tom Sugrue’s Origins of the Urban Crisis, and Thomas Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Beyond those, I struggled to think of more […]

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Review: Leinberger’s The Option of Urbanism

BallstonThe newest buzzword among urban scholars just might be Christopher Leinberger’s “walkable urbanism,” which he contrasts with our country’s postwar “drivable sub-urban” pattern of development. In this post I review the University of Michigan professor’s latest book The Option of Urbanism and find a refreshing, if optimistic analysis of our recent urban history. Find out what I think sets this book apart from its competition, and why Leinberger thinks reforming Wall Street’s Real Estate Investment Trusts may be the key to cultivating genuine urbanism in American again.

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