Dystopian Cities: How The Tyranny of Specialists Destroy African Cities

A revelation of the spatial atrocities committed by specialist planners in the development of African cities For than fifty centuries, cities were planned and developed by generalists The town planners were Jacks of all trades yet masters of none But, in the last fifty years, this changed.

Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis

Award winning journalist Sam Anderson s long awaited debut is a brilliant, kaleidoscopic narrative of Oklahoma City a great American story of civics, basketball, and destiny Oklahoma City was born from chaos It was founded in a bizarre but momentous Land Run in 1889, when thousands of people

Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness

It all started with Nathanael Johnson s decision to teach his daughter the name of every tree they passed on their walk to day care in San Francisco This project turned into a quest to discover the secrets of the neighborhood s flora and fauna, and yielded than names and trivia Johnson

This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live

The average restless American will move 11.7 times in a lifetime For Melody Warnick, it was move 6, from Austin, Texas, to Blacksburg, Virginia, that threatened to unhinge her In the lonely aftermath of unpacking, she wondered Aren t we supposed to put down roots at some point How does where we

Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life

An eminent sociologist and bestselling author offers an inspiring blueprint for rebuilding our fractured society We are living in a time of deep divisions Americans are sorting themselves along racial, religious, and cultural lines, leading to a level of polarization that the country hasn t seen

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of

The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World

What if Atlantis wasn t a myth but an early precursor to a new age of great flooding Across the globe, scientists and civilians alike are noticing rapidly rising sea levels and higher and higher tides pushing water directly into the places we live, from our most vibrant, historic cities to our