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...

144 pages
6 x 9
115 photos

Life After Carbon
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...

272 pages
6 x 9

Adapting Cities to Sea Level Rise
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...

224 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...

248 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...

240 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

Energy for Sustainability, Second Edition
Foundations for Technology, Planning, and Policy

Despite a 2016-18 glut in fossil fuel markets and decade-low fuel prices, the global transformation to sustainable energy is happening. Our ongoing energy challenges and solutions are complex and multidimensional, involving science, technology,...

664 pages
8.5 x 11
Color art

Structures of Coastal Resilience

Structures of Coastal Resilience presents new strategies for creative and collaborative approaches to coastal planning for climate change. In the face of sea level rise and an increased risk of flooding from storm surge, we must become...

248 pages
8 x 9
Two 16-page color inserts, 40 photos, 40 illustrations

Urban Raptors
Ecology and Conservation of Birds of Prey in Cities

Raptors are an unusual success story of wildness thriving in the heart of our cities—they have developed substantial populations around the world in recent decades. But there are deeper issues around how these birds make their urban homes....

320 pages
6 x 9
one 16-page color insert, 43 photos, 7 illustrations

Resilience for All
Striving for Equity Through Community-Driven Design

In the United States, people of color are disproportionally more likely to live in environments with poor air quality, in close proximity to toxic waste, and in locations more vulnerable to climate change and extreme weather events.  ...

232 pages
6 x 9

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