Seeing the Better City
How to Explore, Observe, and Improve Urban Space

In order to understand and improve cities today, personal observation remains as important as ever.  While big data, digital mapping, and simulated cityscapes are valuable tools for understanding urban space, using them without on-the-ground,...

256 pages
6 x 9
70 photos

Prospects for Resilience
Insights from New York City's Jamaica Bay

Given the realities of climate change and sea-level rise, coastal cities around the world are struggling with questions of resilience.  Resilience, at its core, is about desirable states of the urban social-ecological system and understanding how...

304 pages
7 x 10
50 photos

Design Professional's Guide to Zero Net Energy Buildings

Charles Eley

In the United States, direct energy use in buildings accounts for 39% of carbon dioxide emissions per year—more than any other sector. Buildings contribute to a changing climate and warming of the earth in ways that will significantly affect...

250 pages
6 x 9
20 photos, 60 illustrations

Holistic Management
A Commonsense Revolution to Restore Our Environment

Fossil fuels and livestock grazing are often targeted as major culprits behind climate change and desertification. But Allan Savory, cofounder of the Savory Institute, begs to differ. The bigger problem, he warns, is our mismanagement of...

500 pages
6 x 9
One 16-page color insert, 75 photos, 45 illustrations

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A Path to Restore Chemistry's Promise

We all remember the famous tagline: better living through chemistry. But in recent years, that promise has been distorted, as serious health effects have been traced to the chemicals in everyday products. When a plastic baby bottle can...

216 pages
6 x 9

Landscape Architecture Theory
An Ecological Approach

For decades, landscape architecture was driven solely by artistic sensibilities. But in these times of global change, the opportunity to reshape the world comes with a responsibility to consider how it can be resilient, fostering health and...

272 pages
6 x 9
20 photos, 40 illustrations

Foundations of Restoration Ecology

Margaret A. Palmer, Joy B. Zedler, and Donald A. Falk; Foreword by Karen Holl

The practice of ecological restoration, firmly grounded in the science of restoration ecology, provides governments, organizations, and landowners a means to halt degradation and restore function and resilience to ecosystems stressed by climate...

600 pages
7 x 10
16 photos, 83 illustrations

Global Street Design Guide

National Association of City Transportation Officials and Global Designing Cities Initiative

Each year, 1.2 million people die from traffic fatalities, highlighting the need to design streets that offer safe and enticing travel choices for all people. Cities around the world are facing the same challenges as cities in the US, and many of...

432 pages
8.25 x 10.75
Full color

People Cities
The Life and Legacy of Jan Gehl

Annie Matan and Peter Newman

“A good city is like a good party—you stay for longer than you plan,” says Danish architect Jan Gehl. He believes that good architecture is not about form, but about the interaction between form and life. Over the last 50 years, Gehl has changed...

280 pages
8.25 x 10.75
150 Photos, 20 Illustrations

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