i tried to summarize a short list of essential books that every architect needs to have on his bookshelf, i am starting now with books related to city planning and urbanism.
- The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
- Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape by James Howard Kunstler
- Suburban Nation : The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream by Andres Duany , Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk , Jeff Speck
- All That is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity by Marshall Berman
- The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl by Peter Calthorpe, and William Fulton. "articulately advocates for a sustainable region through New Urbanist design and social equity"
- Urban utopias in the twentieth century: Ebenezer Howard, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Le Corbusier by Robert Fishman. "an eloquent intellectual history of three leading urban visionaries of the 20th Century"
- Cities of tomorrow: an intellectual history of urban planning and design in the twentieth century by Peter Hall
- The city in history: its origins, its transformations, and its prospect by Lewis Mumford. "a classic from a giant among 20th Century urbanists: an intellectual bridge between Ebenezer Howard and Patrick Geddes from the past and the modern regionalists."