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Building Shanghai: The Story of China's Gateway
Author: Edward Denison and Guang Yu Ren
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Academy
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $80.00
ArchitectureWeek— Shanghai's history and future are celebrated in this book, which examines the evolution of the city's architecture and urban form in order to explain the challenges facing the city today. Some of the most influential colonial architecture in the world, outstanding examples of modernism and art deco, and an exceptional selection of eclectic and vernacular architecture reflect Shanghai's many adopted cultures.

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The Metropolis of Tomorrow
Author: Hugh Ferriss
Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc.
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $11.96
ArchitectureWeek— The metropolis of the future—as perceived by architect Hugh Ferriss in 1929—was prophetic in vision. An illustrated essay on the modern city and its future, Ferriss’ book incorporated his philosophy of architecture. The book includes illustrations of features that appear today in many innovative and densely populated urban areas. 59 illustrations.

Planning and Urban Design Standards
Author: American Planning Association
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $164.50
ArchitectureWeek— From the publishers of Architectural Graphic Standards, this new book is a comprehensively illustrated reference on urban planning, design, and development. Topics covered include real estate development, mapping, streets and town infrastructure, natural resources, demographics, transportation, environmental impact assessment and mitigation, and building type requirements.

Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000
Author: Dolores Hayden
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— In Building Suburbia Hayden elaborates on the development of communities like: Levittown, a community of standardized homes in Long Island; the Walt Disney Company's Town of Celebration, an exclusive suburb that blurs the line between fantasy and reality in Orlando; and Seaside, Florida, an area designed for "extended porch-sitting, leisurely strolling and sharing time with those you c are most about." She also describes the possibility of the future with MIT's "House_n," the prototype of an interactive digital home. Most of all she emphasizes the benefit of preserving and rejuvinating existing neighborhoods.

The ABCs of Environmental Regulation: Understanding the Federal Programs
Author: Joel B. Goldsteen, PhD
Publisher: Government Institutes
Year: 1999
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ArchitectureWeek— Bypassing legal jargon, this book explains the laws that affect the work of planners, architects, and citizen activists.

Privately Owned Public Space: The New York City Experience
Author: Jerold S. Kayden
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2000
Amazon Price: $64.00
ArchitectureWeek— An expose about the private take-over of spaces designated for public use in New York City.

City Comforts : How to Build an Urban Village
Author: David Sucher
Publisher: City Comforts Press
Year: 1995
Amazon Price: $18.00
ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated guide to preserving and creating walkable shopping neighborhoods.

Globalization and Urban Change: Capital, Culture, and Pacific Rim Mega-Projects
Author: Kris Olds
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— An analysis of globalization in the late 20th century and the processes that are reshaping modern cities, based on studies of Vancouver, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Paris, and London.

Urban Planning Conservation and Preservation
Author: Nahoum Cohen
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— With case studies of rehabilitation and preservation at the neighborhood scale, Cohen explains how cities and structures can be revitalized without losing their historic character.

Urban Environments
Author: Elisabetta Mapelli
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $75.00
ArchitectureWeek— An anthology of articles taken from recent issues of Architectural Design, this book focuses on the effect of contemporary lifestyles on the architectural and urban environment.


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