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Book recommendations

There are a series of books that describe the changing world we live in, below is a list of some of the those I have found particularly interesting:

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Love Where you Live: Creating Emotionally engaging Places

Peter Kageyama

Publisher: Creative city Productions
146 pages

Unruly Places: Lost spaces, secret cities and other inscrutable geographies

Alaistair Bonnett

Publisher: Houghton, Miffin, Harcourt
246 pages

The Values of Bureaucracy

Paul Du Gay

Publisher: Oxford University Press
331 pages

Trieste & the Meaning of Nowhere

Jan Morris

Publisher: Faber & Faber
188 pages


John Kasarda & Greg Lindsay

Publisher: Penguin
432 pages

The Flickering Mind Saving Education from the false promise of technology

Todd Oppenheimer

Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: Random House USA Inc.
New title edition 2004

Sustainability: A cultural history

Ulrich Gruber

Publisher: Green Books
201 pages

Urban Literacy

Klaske Havik

Publisher: nai010 Publishers
254 pages

The Spirit of Cities

Daniel A. Bell & Avnar de-Shalit

Publisher: Oxford Univeristy Press
277 pages

Beyond Smart Cities: how cities network, learn and innovate

Tim Campbell

Publisher: Earthscan
214 pages

City & Soul

James Hillman

Publisher: Spring Publications Inc.
413 pages

Urban Design: Space & Society

Ali Madanipour

Publisher: Palgrave/Macmillan
262 pages

Designing the City of Reason

Ali Madanipour

Publisher: Routledge
299 pages

Cosmopolitan Urbanism

ed. John Binney, Julian Holloway, Steve Millington, Craig Young

Publisher: Routledge
253 pages

Fooled by Randomness - the hidden role of chance in life and in the markets

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Penguin

The Wisom of Crowds - why the many are smarter than the fews

James Surowiecki

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Abacus;
New edition 2005

In Spite of the Gods - the strange rise of modern India

Edward Luce

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The Paradox of Choice - why more is less

Barry Schwartz

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
New edition 2005

The Tipping Point

Malcolm Gladwell

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Abacus
New edition 2002


Steven D Levitt and Steven J Dubner

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Penguin

The Long Tail: How Endless Choice is Creating Unlimited Demand

Chris Anderson

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Business Books

The Long Tail: How Endless Choice is Creating Unlimited Demand

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Publisher: Random House Audiobooks

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Penguin


Dan Tapschott and Antony D Williams

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Atlantic Books

The following books take a much broader sweep of things and here are some I have found interesting:

From Dawn to Decadence

Jacques Barzun

Paperback: 912 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial;
1st edition 2001

Biomimicry - Innovation Inspired by Nature

Janine M. Benyus

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins

Natural Capitalism - the next industrial revolution

Paul Hawken, Amory B. Lovins, L. Hunter Lovins

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Earthscan Ltd.
New edition 2000

Collapse - how societies choose to fail or succeed

Jared Diamond

Paperback: 592 pages
Publisher: Penguin

The Wake of Imagination

Richard Kearney

Paperback: 467 pages
Publisher: Routledge;
1st edition 1988

Arts & Physics - parallel visions in space, time and light

Leonard Shlain

Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial

The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have shaped Our World View

Richard Tarnas

Paperback: 544 pages
Publisher: Pimlico

The Rise of the Creative Class and how it's transforming work, leisure, community and everyday life

Richard Florida

Paperback: 434 pages
Publisher: Basic Books;
New edition 2003

Who's your city how the creative economy is making where to live the most important decision of your life

Richard Florida

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Basic Books Inc.,U.S.

Looking at the urban arena there are a number of classic books which are well worth reading:

The City in History: its origins, its transformations, and its prospects

Lewis Mumford

Paperback: 657 pages
Publisher: Harcourt Brace International

Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs

Hardcover: 624 pages
Publisher: Random House Inc;
New edition 1997

The Image of the City

Kevin Lynch

Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: The MIT Press

Cities of Tomorrow: an intellectual history of urban planning and design in the twentieth century

Peter Hall

Paperback: 502 pages
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell;
2nd Revised edition edition 1996

Furthermore here are some artists whose work I find extremely interesting:

Anish Kapoor: Past, Present, Future

Baume and Nicholas

Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: The MIT Press

Anish Kapoor: To Darkness:


Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Prestel
1st edition 2008

Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy

Hardcover: 120 pages
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.


Andy Goldsworthy

Hardcover: 168 pages
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd


Andy Goldsworthy

Hardcover: 120 pages
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

James Turrell: A Life in Light

Michael Hue-Williams and Andrew Graham-Dixon James Turrell

Hardcover: 75 pages
Publisher: Somogy Editions d’Art,France

Antony Gormley: Blind Light

W.J.T. Mitchell, Susan Stewart, and Anthony Vidler

Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Hayward Gallery Publishing