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Recommended Materials

Course Readings

The M.U.D. Program is rich both as a design and an intellectual experience. Readings and their discussion are integral to studios and seminars. By the end of the program, graduates accumulate an extensive urban design library, including the following references selected from Program courses.

Theories of Urban Design (UD 519)
Jacobs, Jane. 1993. The Death and Life of Great American Cities. New York: The Modern Library.
Larice, Michael, and Elizabeth Macdonald, eds. 2007. The Urban Design Reader. The Routledge Urban Reader Series., eds. Richard T. LeGates, Frederic Stout. New York: Routledge.
Lynch, Kevin. 1960. The Image of the City. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.
Wolfe, Tom. From Bauhaus to Our House. New York: Bantam Books.

The History of Urban Form (UD713)
Jane Jacobs. The Death and Life of Great American Cities.
Lewis Mumford. The City in History.
Spiro Kostof. The City Shaped.

Practices of Urban Design (UD 729)
Calthorpe, Peter and William Fulton The Regional City. Washington: Island Press, 2001.
Newman, Peter and Jeffrey Kenworthy Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence. Washington: Island Press, 2004.

Intermediate Studio (UD722)
Requires two sets of readings: one about Urban Design and one about Cities.

Urban Design Readings:
Alexander, Christopher et. al. A New Theory of Urban Design. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.
Bacon, Edmund N. Design of Cities. New York: Viking Press, 1974.
Chase, John, and Margaret Crawford and John Kaliski, eds. Everyday Urbanism. New York: Monacelli Press, 1999.
Holl, Steven. Alphabetical City. New York: Pamphlet Architecture, 1980.
Jacobs, Allan B. Great Streets. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1993.
Kelbaugh, Douglas. Common Place. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1997.
- Repairing the American Metropolis. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2002.
Koolhaus, Rem. Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan. New York: Oxford University Press, 1978.
Lynch, Kevin. The Image of the City. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1980.
- The Theory of Good City Form. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1981.
Mitchell, William J. City of Bits: Space, Place and the Infobahn. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1995.
Newman, Oscar. Defensible Space. New York: Collier Books, 1973.
Newman, Peter and Jeffrey Kenworthy. Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence. Washington, DC: Island Press.
Rowe, Collin and Fred Koetter. Collage City. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1978.
Tschumi, Bernard. Event Cities: Praxis. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1994.
Venturi, Robert and Denis Scott Brown and Steven Izenour. Learning From Las Vegas: The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1977.

Cities Readings:
Caro, Robert A. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York. New York: Vintage Books, 1995.
Florida, Richard. The Rise of the Creative Class. New York: Basic Books, 2002.
Jacobs, Jane. The Death and Life of Great American Cities. New York: Random House, 1961.
Olsen, Donald J. The City as a Work of Art: London, Paris, Vienna. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986.
Sassen, Saskia. The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Scully, Vincent J. American Architecture and Urbanism. New York: Praeger, 1969.
Sherwood, Roger. Modern Housing Prototypes. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1978.
Solomon, Daniel. Global City Blues. Washington: Island Press, 2003.
Stern, Robert A.M. et al. New York 1900: Metropolitan Architecture and Urbanism, 1890 – 1915. New York: Rizzoli, 1983.
- New York 1930: Architecture and Urbanism Between Two World Wars. New York: Rizzoli, 1987.
- New York 1960: Architecture and Urbanism Between the Second World War and the Bicentennial. New York, Monacelli Press, 1995.

Methodologies of Urban Design (UD 723)
Blackmar, Elizabeth. The Park and the People. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1992.
Bressi, Todd, ed. Planning and Zoning New York City. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1993.
Burrows, Edwin and Mike Wallace. Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
Caro, Robert. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York. New York: Knopf, 1984.
Jacobs, Jane. The Death and Life of Great American Cities.
Plunz, Richard. A History of Housing in New York City. New York: Columbia University Press, 1990.
Stern, Robert A.M. and Thomas Mellins and David Fishman. New York 1880. New York: The Monacelli Press, 1999.
Stern, Robert A.M. and Gregory Gilmartin and John Massengale. New York 1900. New York: Rizzoli International Publishers, 1983.
Stern, Robert A.M. and Gregory Gilmartin and Thomas Mellins. New York 1930. New York: Rizzoli International Publishers, 1987.
Stern, Robert A.M. and Thomas Mellins and David Fishman. New York 1960. New York: The Monacelli Press, 1995.