Today (September 7th) is the birthday of architect and New Urbanist Andres Duany. In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to his work, which is essential reading for reflecting on the future of cities.
We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.
Cofounders of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Duany and coauthor Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk are among the leading figures in the movement to end suburban sprawl and revitalize decaying inner cities by adapting and applying traditional, premodernist city planning techniques. In 2000, they wrote Suburban Nation to promote their brand of “new urbanism” to the general public. With their new book, they and town planner Robert Alminana address a professional audience of planners, architects, and policymakers, who they believe need to look beyond current zoning codes and automobile-centered design and find inspirational guidance from past centuries and diverse cultures. The book is a voluminous, richly illustrated
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