Saturday, 7 August 2010

New titles in the PLACE bookshop

Urban Planning and the Pursuit of Happiness
The planning and subsequent use and appropriation of urban spaces is the focus of this book. Its thesis is that urban planning is more than shaping ground spaces or building complexes; implicit is the promise for better conditions for living. Both the pursuits of the planners and those of their target communities are considered in this light as well as a dozen European case studies from the Enlightenment to Modernism.

Design Like You Give a Damn
Edited by Architecture for Humanity, Design Like You Give a Damn is a compendium of innovative projects from around the world that demonstrate the power of design to improve lives. The first book to bring the best of humanitarian architecture and design to the printed page, Design Like You Give a Damn offers a history of the movement toward socially conscious design and showcases more than 80 contemporary solutions to such urgent needs as basic shelter, health care, education, and access to clean water, energy, and sanitation. Featured projects include some sponsored by Architecture for Humanity as well as many others undertaken independently, often against great odds.

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