Five Rules for Tomorrow's Cities
Design in an Age of Urban Migration, Demographic Change, and a Disappearing Middle Class

How we design our cities over the next four decades will be critical for our planet. If we continue to spill excessive greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, we will run out of time to keep our global temperature from increasing. Since approximately...

224 pages
6 x 9
20 photos, 20 illustrations

My Kind of City
Collected Essays of Hank Dittmar

“Hank lived by the credo, ‘first listen, then design'.” —Scott Bernstein, Founder and Chief Strategy + Innovation Officer, Center for Neighborhood Technology   Hank Dittmar was a globally recognized urban planner...

256 pages
6 x 9

Soft City
Building Density for Everyday Life

Imagine waking up to the gentle noises of the city, and moving through your day with complete confidence that you will get where you need to go quickly and efficiently. Soft City is about ease and comfort, where density has a human...

260 pages
8 x 10.5
100 color images

Creating Vibrant Downtowns for a New Century

Downtowns are more than economic engines: they are repositories of knowledge and culture and generators of new ideas, technology, and ventures. They are the heart of the city that drives its future. If we are to have healthy downtowns, we need to...

264 pages
6 x 9
100 b/w figures and photos

Urbanism Without Effort
Reconnecting with First Principles of the City

How do you create inviting and authentic urban environments where people feel at home? Countless community engagement workshops, studies by consulting firms, and downtown revitalization campaigns have attempted to answer this age-old question. In...

177 pages
6 x 9
115 photos

The Next Global Transformation of Cities

The future of our cities is not what it used to be. The modern-city model that took hold globally in the twentieth century has outlived its usefulness. It cannot solve the problems it helped to create—especially global warming. Fortunately...

304 pages
6 x 9

Green and Gray Strategies

Stefan Al; Foreword by Edgar Westerhof

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy floods devastated coastal areas in New York and New Jersey. In 2017, Harvey flooded Houston. Today in Miami, even on sunny days, king tides bring fish swimming through the streets in low-lying areas. These types of events...

160 pages
8 x 9
full color, 150 photos and illustrations

An Opinionated Atlas of US Transit

What are the best transit cities in the US? The best Bus Rapid Transit lines? The most useless rail transit lines? The missed opportunities? In the US, the 25 largest metropolitan areas and many smaller cities have fixed guideway transit...

264 pages
8.5 x 11
full color, 290 photos, 185 illustrations

101 Steps to Making Better Places

“Cities are the future of the human race, and Jeff Speck knows how to make them work.”  —David Owen, staff writer at the New Yorker    Nearly every US city would like to be more walkable—for...

312 pages
8 x 8
120 full-color photos/figures

Building the Cycling City by Melissa Bruntlett & Chris Bruntlett | An Island Press book
The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality

In car-clogged urban areas across the world, the humble bicycle is enjoying a second life as a legitimate form of transportation. City officials are rediscovering it as a multi-pronged (or -spoked) solution to acute, 21st-century problems,...

240 pages
6.5 x 8.375

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