April 3, 2012, 11am PDT
In this excerpt from her new book, "Before the Lights Go Out" author Maggie Koerth-Baker warns of the converging crises of peak oil and climate change on suburban areas.
Scientific American
March 11, 2012, 7am PDT
Eric Jaffe interviews Jarrett Walker, the author of a new, nonpartisan treatise on thinking rationally about transit.
The Atlantic Cities
June 21, 2011, 11am PDT
In reviewing a handful of new books looking at cities and how they work, this piece from <em>The New Yorker</em> glosses over the current thinking behind the urban conversation and wonders if city celebration has gone too far.
The New Yorker
February 17, 2011, 5am PST
In his new book "Triumph of The City," Glaeser gives high regard to high-density urbanism and the city but criticizes planners and historic preservationists for over-regulation in land use planning.
February 8, 2011, 12pm PST
New York City has released a new handbook of its zoning regulations in an illustrated, easily-comprehensible guide.
The New York Times
February 2, 2011, 9am PST
<em>Los Angeles Times</em> architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne begins a year-long series reading and reviewing 25 books all about L.A.
Los Angeles Times
January 15, 2011, 5am PST
<em>The Polis Blog</em> presents a huge list of "urban favorites" -- songs, movies, initiatives and places that explain or highlight the best of the world's urban areas.
The Polis Blog
January 13, 2011, 10am PST
Jarrett Murphy reviews The Battle for Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs" by Roberta Brandes Gratz, and concludes that it is a nuanced interpretation of the classic showdown.
City Limits
December 6, 2010, 12pm PST
Ben Brown reviews Dhiru Thadani's new book, The Language of Towns and Cities. Weighing in at 800 pages, this encyclopedic urban design dictionary defines planning terms with extensive graphics.
December 4, 2010, 11am PST
Norman Weinstein of The Architectural Record selects his favorite architecture books of the year, which range from a coming-of-age memoir to a treatise on Turkish art and architecture.
November 22, 2010, 9am PST
Planetizen is pleased to release its ninth annual list of the ten best books in urban planning, design and development published in 2010. This year's selection includes some big names, some big ideas -- and a book called "Toilet."
Abhijeet Chavan
Blog post
November 12, 2010, 11am PST
I've gathered some of the best here, properly field tested by my boys, to help you with your holiday shopping list.
Chris Steins
September 7, 2010, 10am PDT
A new book by Robert Gatje gives public squares and piazzas the coffee-table treatment, meticulously detailing what makes these historic spaces work.
The Architect's Newspaper
August 21, 2010, 5am PDT
Salon interviews author J.C. Hallman about his new book "In Utopia," which explores modern-day utopian projects and how they differ from those of the past.
June 10, 2010, 11am PDT
A review of the new book, <em>Two Billion Cars: Driving Towards Sustainability</em>, which argues that cleaner cars are the future of transportation and barely mentions bicycling, walking or transit.
re:place Magazine
January 25, 2010, 7am PST
Laredo, Texas is losing its only bookstore, a B. Dalton (the chain is going out of business).
Blog post
January 4, 2010, 10am PST

With vacations upon us many students have been asking me what they should read over the winter break. Certainly it is possible to catch up with planning classics and thought-provoking books and several earlier blogs have highlighted these options. However,for those wanting to escape and learn something as well, a number of mystery authors write books that both investigate crimes and evoke a sense of place. The following list highlights just some of this range—there are hundreds more of course (and if you scroll for the bottom you will find links to other lists).

Ann Forsyth
December 9, 2009, 12pm PST
Norman Weinstein, architecture writer for The Christian Science Monitor, picks his top ten books on architecture that came out in 2009.
November 24, 2008, 5am PST
Planetizen is pleased to release its eighth annual list of the ten best books in the planning field. With titles covering some of the most timely issues in planning, the list gives readers an overview of the best ideas and writing in the field.
Abhijeet Chavan
Blog post
June 29, 2008, 2pm PDT

Lastmonth’s blog outlined how to find books recommended by many planners—important,classic, or accessible.

However,summer is also a time to push your viewpoint a bit further. For those wantingreadings that might push you tothink differently about planning, the following lists are useful startingpoints. (And a note to planners—we need more of these lists reflecting different placesand people and issues!)

Ann Forsyth