The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture

Monday, May 21, 2007
More Summer Reading on Architecture
Comment magazine has been running a series of articles on suggested summer reading on various topics from a Christian perspective. The list on architecture/city planning books by Eric Jacobsen (author of Sidewalks in the Kingdom) caught my eye.

Jacobsens list is heavily weighted in favor of New Urbanism which is his interest. NU has a lot going for it, but is has some serious limitations as well.

I would like to add some additional titles to his list:

Learning from Las Vegas, the Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown has a quirky take on strip mall architecture (read more here)

Sprawl: A Compact History by Robert Bruegmann who argues that urban sprawl may not be as bad as we think it is.


Last Harvest: How a Cornfield Became New Daleville: Real Estate Development in America from George Washington to the Builders of the Twenty-first Century, and Why We Live in Houses Anyway by Witold Rybczynski