Category: New & Notable Acquisitions

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Grid / Street / Place: Essential Elements Of Sustainable Urban Districts

Today’s urban resident is seeking a more flexible, sustainable environment — representing a unique, diverse, vibrant and responsible way of living — as an alternative to the typical development patterns of suburban and semi-urban sprawl. Can urban design help create…

L.A. Under The Influence: The Hidden Logic Of Urban Property

In the American city, property rights involve not one but numerous stakeholders, some connected to the parcel by title and others through less formal arrangements, whether political, economic, or cultural. Negotiations between these stakeholders over the use of property are…

How Local Politics Shape Federal Policy: Business, Power, And The Environment In Twentieth-Century Los Angeles

A notable new title about Los Angeles’ struggles with oil drilling, air pollution, flooding, and water and power supplies exposes the clout business has had over government. In How Local Politics Shape Federal Policy: Business, Power, And The Environment In…

The Big Roads: The Untold Story Of The Engineers, Visionaries, And Trailblazers Who Created The American Superhighways

A man-made wonder, a connective network, an economic force, a bringer of blight and sprawl and the possibility of escape — the U.S. interstate system changed the face of our country. The Big Roads: The Untold Story Of the Engineers,…

Planning Tools: The Census, New Energy & Our Climate Future

Two recent titles from the American Planning Association warrant mention. Planners And The Census: Census 2010, ACS, Factfinder, And Understanding Growth from the American Planning Association’s Planning Advisory Service provides insight into the increasingly popular American Community Survey and how planners can use statistics…

Watch Ellen Dunham-Jones On Retrofitting Suburbia: Updated Urban Design Solutions For Redesigning Suburbs

Last year, author and Georgia Tech professor Ellen Dunham-Jones spoke to an Atlanta audience on the topic of “retrofitting suburbia,” delivering a riveting 20-minute TED Talk, one of the first for that website. Her landmark work on this subject, Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions…

$20 Per Gallon: How The Inevitable Rise In The Price Of Gasoline Will Change Our Lives For The Better

What will happen as gasoline prices steadily climb even higher? At $6 a gallon, Americans will begin embracing diesel engines. At $8, many airlines will shut down, leaving Southwest Airlines and JetBlue as the dominant domestic carriers. At $10 a gallon, we should…

New And Notable: An Action Plan For Sustainable And Resilient Communities & Sustainability And Design Of Multi-Modal Interchanges

Stephen Coyle and Daniel Dunigan’s Sustainable And Resilient Communities: A Comprehensive Action Plan For Towns, Cities, And Regions is the ultimate step-by-step action plan guidebook for making communities resilient, resourceful and healthy. Many communities today face an unprecedented struggle to…

New And Notable: Aerotropolis & Triumph Of The City

John D. Kasarda’s Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next is a brilliant, eye-opening look at the new phenomenon providing a glimpse of the way we will live in the near future — and ways in which we’ll do business as…

New And Notable: Helvetica And the New York City Subway System, Private Investment In Transportation Infrastructure & L.A. In The 1930s

For years, the signs in the New York City subway system were a bewildering hodge-podge of lettering styles, sizes, shapes, materials, colors and messages. The original mosaics (dating from as early as 1904), displaying a variety of serif and sans…