December 20, 2013

Best of 2013 Books Roundup: Landscape, Environment & Design

Image: Never Built LA cover via Metropolis

In lieu of our own Top 10 or Best of Books in the fields of landscape and environmental planning and design, we have gathered the fine lists that others have created to share with you here (arranged in alpha-order).

1. Architect's The Best Architecture and Design Books of 2013
2. Gizmodo's Best Books of 2013
3. Planetizen's 12th Annual List of the 10 Best Books in Urban Planning, Design and Development
4. The Dirt's (ASLA) Best Books of 2013

A lot of great books, right? Here's a tip for selecting the first ones to read (or to gift). Choose the books that are featured on at least two of the lists such as

Never Built Los Angeles, by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin,
The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy, by Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley, and
Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design, by Charles Montgomery.

Image: The Third Coast cover via Penguin
Image: The Nature of Urban design cover via Island Press
Image: Therapeutic Landscapes cover via Wiley
Several 2013 books on my to-read list are

Never Built Los Angeles,
The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream, by Thomas Dyja,
The Nature of Urban Design: A New York Perspective on Resilience, by Alexandros Washburn, and
Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces, by Clare Cooper Marcus and Naomi Sachs.

What's on your "best of 2013" book list?

This post was inspired by The best books for kids 2013: A round-up of the best 2013 round-ups of the best books for kids at coolmompicks via @nicoleblades.

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