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Top 5 Must Read Summer Books for Urbanists

I heard many recommendation this week in Denver about books to read. It felt appropriate to pull together my own list. The books on this list have all in one way or another positively effected my practice.  I’ve assembled these into my CNU Denver Top 5 Books for Urbanists. I hope you find time on a nice beach this summer to read a few of them.

The 5 books are…

Camillo Sitte: The Birth of Modern City Planning: With a translation of the 1889 Austrian edition of his City Planning According to Artistic Principles (Dover Books on Architecture)
Self-Sufficient Urbanism: A Vision of Contraction for the Non-Distant Future
The Architecture of Community
Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs
Who’s Your City?: How the Creative Economy Is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life

It is worth mentioning one additional book as a bonus to those folks really looking to make a difference. It’s a quick read and well worth it. The Bonus book is…

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

Living Urbanism Publication Preview Party

2009_06_livingurbanism_partyOur new media project, Living Urbanism, had a great preview party for the next issue due out on July 1. You can find Living Urbanism online here. Big thanks to the CNU Nextgen and the local ULI Young Leaders group for coming out and making it a great event. The party was at Lodo’s which has a fantastic vista of the roof tops of the neighborhood anchored in the background by a good urban stadium.

“Built to Last”

I was excited to see this film win The Congress for New Urbanism CNU 17 video contest. This short was created by independent filmmaker John Paget with First+Main Media. It does an excellent job illustrating the connection between our built and natural environment. The more I think about the larger system we live in the more I realize that environmentalists should really be Urbanists. 

This video is the first of several exciting things in the works for this years CNU. Stay tuned for more big announcements. In the meantime watch the video, share it with friends and send me you thoughts on it.