Category: New & Notable Acquisitions

Metro Library’s Recent Acquisitions

New And Notable: Sustainable Infrastructure, Driving Excellence & Open Government

 As more factors, perspectives, and metrics are incorporated into the planning and building process, the roles of engineers and designers are increasingly being fused together. Sustainable Infrastructure: The Guide To Green Engineering And Design explores this trend with an in-depth…

New And Notable: Reinventing The Automobile Through Personal Urban Mobility, Sustainable Urban Development Reader & Urban Design For An Urban Century

Reinventing The Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility For The 21st Century provides a long-overdue vision for a new automobile era. The cars we drive today follow the same underlying design principles as the Model Ts of a hundred years ago and…

New And Notable: L.A. As “Smogtown,” Ethics Of Metropolitan Growth & Integrated Transport

Following the retirement of the MTA’s last diesel bus and our post about the 1943 “birth of smog” in Los angeles, we wanted to highlight the recent acquisition of Smogtown: The Lung-Burning History Of Pollution In Los Angeles. Encapsulating the…

New & Notable: Language Of Towns And Cities, Urbanism And Climate Change & History Of The Paris Métro

Weighing in at more than 800 pages, Dhiru A. Thadani’s new work is destined to be the final word on the language of urban planning and design. The Language of Towns and Cities: A Visual Dictionary is a landmark publication…

New And Notable: Oil On The Brain, Transport Geographies & Early Downtown Los Angeles

Oil On The Brain: Petroleum’s Long, Strange Trip To Your Tank is a smart, surprisingly funny account of the oil industry — the people, economies, and pipelines that bring us petroleum, brilliantly illuminating a world we encounter every day. Americans…

New And Notable: Smart Growth Manual, “Unplanning,” & Asphalt And Politics

Everyone is calling for smart growth…but what exactly is it? In The Smart Growth Manual (New York: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2009), two leading city planners provide a thorough answer. From the expanse of the metropolis to the detail of the window…

New And Notable: Los Angeles From The Air Then And Now, Makeshift Metropolis & Down The Asphalt Path

Avid readers of local history are usually intrigued by photos of historic sites juxtaposed against contemporary images. This format of visual history has a particularly strong impact when the subject is Los Angeles: a city that grew up — and…

New And Notable: Sprawl Repair Manual, Republic Of Drivers & Urban Mass Transit’s Life Story

There is a wealth of research and literature explaining suburban sprawl and the urgent need to retrofit suburbia. However, until now there has been no single guide that directly explains how to repair typical sprawl elements. Sprawl Repair Manual demonstrates…

Los Angeles In Maps & The Curious Case Of Miss Laura J. Whitlock

One the most exciting new books in a long time has been released this month: Glen Creason’s Los Angeles In Maps (New York: Rizzoli, 2010). Creason is the Map Librarian at Los Angeles Public Library and co-curated the landmark 2008-2009…

New & Notable: America’s Failing Infrastructure, "Climatopolis," & Why Do Shepherds Need A Bush?

In August 2007, the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis, MN, collapsed, killing 13 and injuring 145 others. Investigations following the tragedy revealed that it could have been prevented. The grave reality is that it is a tragedy that threatens to be…