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Excellence, The City, and The Good Life

What constitutes the good life? What is the relationship between excellence and community? What are the difficulties surrounding government and corporate funding of the arts, sciences, and education? This research guide suggests information sources that answer these and other questions relating to "Excellence, The City, and The Good Life."
 
Here you will be introduced to the types of quality books, articles, and websites that are of the caliber your professors expect their students to use in writing college-level research papers. In order to expand your understanding of the topics discussed in your FYE class, select the tab for your area of focus and spend some time browsing the information sources found there.
 

City Planning Books

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The ancient city: new perspectives on urbanism in the old and new world - Joyce Marcus and Jeremy A. Sabloff, ed.
Call Number: 307.76 An2m
Ten scholars report on their work on ancient cities in Europe, China, India, Africa, South America and Mexico.This is an excellent multi-cultural overview of the creation of extra-familial communities that has much to teach us about the management of cities today.

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How cities work : suburbs, sprawl, and the roads not taken - Alex Marshall
Call Number: 307.76 M35h
Do cities work anymore? How did they get to be such sprawling conglomerations of lookalike subdivisions, megafreeways, and "big box" superstores surrounded by acres of parking lots? And why, most of all, don't they feel like real communities? These are the questions that Alex Marshall tackles in this hard-hitting, highly readable look at what makes cities work. Marshall argues that urban life has broken down because of our basic ignorance of the real forces that shape cities-transportation systems, industry and business, and political decision making. To build better cities, Marshall asserts, we must understand and intelligently direct the forces that shape them. Without prescribing any one solution, he defines the key issues facing all concerned citizens who are trying to control urban sprawl and build real communities.

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Intelligent cities and globalisation of innovation networks - Nicos Komninos
Call Number: 307.1216 K83i
The development of a city in the 21st century is at the crossroad of the rising knowledge economy & the increasing digitalisation of contemporary urban life. "Intelligent Cities" outlines a new paradigm of urban & regional development, emerging from the meeting of the knowledge economy with the virtual world and the global outsourcing networks.

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The new Chicago : a social and cultural analysis - John P. Koval et. al.
Call Number: 307.1416 N42k
These 26 richly rewarding interdisciplinary essays with a strong sociological focus analyze the social, political, demographic, economic, and cultural changes in the world community since the early 1970s. The authors engage in conversations about urban transformation using Chicago case studies; their premise is that the Midwest metropolis is the capital of the imagined US heartland and the prototypical city of the future (despite other scholars' claims for Los Angeles, Miami, and Las Vegas.)

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The road more traveled: why the congestion crisis matters more than you think, and what we can do about it - Ted Balaker and Sam Staley
Call Number: 388.4131 B18r
Fellows with the Reason Foundation, a nonprofit thinktank based in Los Angeles, are not among those who think that traffic congestion on U.S. roads is inevitable. Not do they favor the alternatives of public transit and carpool lanes. Drawing on national and international experiences, they advocate for such "congestion busters" as building more highways, high-occupancy toll lanes, and telecommuting.

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Seduction of place : the city in the twenty-first century - Joseph Rykwert
Call Number: 307.76 R98s
Distinguished architectural historian Rykwert takes his readers on a fast-paced but penetrating journey in space and time to discover why people love or hate their cities, and why some cities meet the needs of their residents while others fail. His perspective emphasizes design, ornamental, and infrastructural dimensions of the urban landscape that combine to form a sense of place. The first half of the book introduces and assembles the elements of the urban mosaic. The last four of his eight chapters then interpret current urbanization processes, particularly the rise of ever more powerful suburbs, new capital cities, globalization and the rise of world cities, and the need to respond to the problems of the urban fabric in our new millennium.

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Toward the livable city - edited by Emilie Buchwald
Call Number: 307.3416 T65b
Combining firsthand accounts of the attractions and distractions of city life, Toward The Livable City introduces a range of perspectives about creating successful, livable cities, with examples from across America and around the world. The book conveys what leading thinkers say about such topics as smart growth, traffic calming, pedestrian rights, regional planning, riverfront redevelopment, and architecture -- as well as the pleasures of sauntering down tree-lined streets to restaurants, theaters, and shops. Encapsulating the growing movement that brings together planners and architects, environmentalists and seekers of the "good life," Toward The Livable City is a lively book about the possibility of enjoying urban and suburban life.

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Urban design for an urban century: placemaking for people - Lance Jay Brown, David Dixon, Oliver Gillham
Call Number: 711.4 B81u
This is a comprehensive book of tools and information on urban design providing urban designers, architects, and students with contemporary urban design paradigms and principles, processes, and design tools for various project types and scales.

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What is a city?: rethinking the urban after Hurricane Katrina - Phil Steinberg & Rob Shields
Call Number: 307.1216 W55s
The devastation brought upon New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent levee system failure has forced urban theorists to revisit the fundamental question of urban geography and planning: What is a city? Is it a place of memory embedded in architecture, a location in regional and global networks, or an arena wherein communities form and reproduce themselves?

 

Green City Books

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Ecology of cities and towns: a comparative approach - Mark J. McDonnell, Amy K. Hahs, J├╝rgen H. Breuste, eds.
Call Number: 577.56 Ec7m
The unprecedented growth of cities and towns around the world, coupled with the unknown effects of global change, has created an urgent need to increase ecological understanding of human settlements, in order to develop inhabitable, sustainable cities and towns in the future.

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Growing greener cities : urban sustainability in the twenty-first century - edited by Eugenie L. Birch and Susan M. Wachter
Call Number: 307.76 G91b
Growing Greener Cities offers an overview of the urban green movement, case studies in effective policy implementation, and tools for measuring and managing success. Thoroughly illustrated with color graphs, maps, and photographs, Growing Greener Cities provides a panoramic view of urban sustainability and environmental issues for green-minded city planners, policy makers, and citizens.

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Resilient cities: responding to peak oil and climate change - Peter Newman, Timothy Beatley, and Heather Boyer
Call Number: 307.76 N46r
Global recession is more closely tied to fossil fuel than it is to subprime mortgages and speculation. The crisis started in about 2005 when relatively cheap fuel production peaked and the statistics proved our carbon footprints were eclipsing the earth's resources. All urban areas on the planet must now adjust, but cities that are less dependent on fossil fuels are better able to handle reduced resources and efforts toward sustainability.



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Urban design : green dimensions - Cliff Moughtin with Peter Shirley
Call Number: 711.42 M86u 2 ed
In Green Dimensions, Cliff Moughtin relates sustainable development and green design to the realm of urban design and development. Examining regional and local frameworks for design and planning, this book shows how sustainable urban design can be implemented on every scale. Working from a strong theoretical base, the author uses case studies and discusses policy developments, in order to challenge the conventional wisdom on sustainable design. The book provides a rounded discussion of the application and suitability of current practice, and predicts future design needs.

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Urban ecology : an international perspective on the interaction between humans and nature - edited by John M. Marzluff et al.
Call Number: 307.76 Ur1ma
Urban Ecology is the study of ecosystems that include humans living in cities and urbanizing landscapes. It is an emerging, interdisciplinary field that aims to understand how human and ecological processes can coexist in human-dominated systems and help societies with their efforts to become more sustainable. This book presents important papers in the field of Urban Ecology that both set the foundations for the discipline and illustrate modern approaches, from a variety of perspectives and regions of the world.

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Urban sustainability through environmental design : approaches to time-people-place responsive urban spaces - edited by Kevin Thwaites et al
Call Number: 307.1216 Ur1t
Urban Sustainability Through Environmental Design provides the analytical tools and practical methodologies that can be employed for sustainable and long-term solutions to the design and management of urban environments.

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