Outlook Tower

- Recommended Reading -

A list of books that we have found to be helpful in understanding urbanism and urban growth. Some of these books are out of print, but still available through used book vendors such as Powells.


Rybczynski, Witold
City Life: Urban Expectations in a New World New York: HarperCollins, 1995.

City Life: Urban Expectations in a New World is a useful text for a wide audience. The first chapter, titled "Why Aren't Our Cities Like That?" refers to American versus European cities. The rambling, but interesting answer details the origins of city planning and its use by Spanish, French, and British colonists. Rybcznski also briefly ... more

NA 9105.R93 1995

Emotional Intelligence

Goleman, Daniel
Emotional Intelligence New York: Bantam Books, 1995.

Daniel Goleman makes a case that our emotional literacy, our ability to recognize and manage emotions, will better serve us in meeting life's challenges than a high intelligence quotient. I would further argue that a lack of emotional intelligence on the part of society has had a tremendous influence on our urban form and that ... more

BF561.G65 1995


Goodman, Percival
Communitas: Means of Livelihood and Ways of Life / Percival Goodman and Paul Goodman. Chicago, Ill., The University of Chicago Press, 1947.

The future isn't what it used to be ... partially due to this book. The authors present a catalog of utopian schemes and critique them in terms of the contemporary physical planning debacle. In 1947, when this book was written, the United States ... more


The City in History

Mumford, Lewis, 1895-
The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1961.

It is difficult to assess this sweeping book in a single article. Much of the writing is impenetrable, but it seems more pertinent than when it was published over 40 years ago.

We can't really assess our current situation without understanding how people ... more

HT111 .M8

A Pattern Language

Alexander, Christopher.
A Pattern Language : Towns, Buildings, Construction / Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein, with Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King, Shlomo Angel. New York : Oxford University Pr, 1977.


How Buildings Learn

Brand, Stewart.
How Buildings Learn : What Happens After They're Built New York: Viking, 1994.

NA2542.4.B73 1994

Inhabiting The Earth

Foltz, Bruce V.
Inhabiting The Earth : Heidegger, Environmental Ethics, and the Metaphysics of Nature Atlantic Highlands, N.J.: Humanities Press, 1995.

B3279.H49F63 1995

Redesigning the American Dream

Hayden, Dolores.
Redesigning the American Dream: The Future of Housing, Work, and Family Life New York: W.W. Norton, 1984.

HD7293.H39 1984

Cities of Tomorrow

Hall, Peter Geoffrey.
Cities of Tomorrow : An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design in the Twentieth Century New York: Blackwell, 1988.

HT166.H349 1988

Garden Cities of To-Morrow

Howard, Ebenezer
Garden Cities of To-Morrow London: S. Sonnenschein & co., ltd., 1902.

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jacobs, Jane, 1916-
The Death and Life of Great American Cities New York : Vintage Books, 1992.

HT167.J33 1992

Flesh and Stone

Sennett, Richard, 1943-
Flesh and stone : the body and the city in Western civilization New York : W.W. Norton, 1994.

HT113.S45 1994