So you’re interested in what you can read to become a better designer, architect, urban planner, urbanist, or neighbour living and working in a super-divers city? Here are a few recommendations from our Designing Cities For All (DCFA) team, and we will add recommendations periodically. For all you city designers that want to empower yourself (and others), let these reads guide your practice of transforming cities for the better.

Planet City is an urgent examination of the productive potential of extreme densification in an imagined future where ten billion people surrender the rest of the planet to a global wilderness. This work of critical architecture and speculative fiction curated by architect & director Liam Young is grounded in statistical analysis, research, and traditional knowledge. Interested in more? Together with Liam and other guests, we talked about strategies for the degrowth of humanity and utopian design solutions for our cities for all during the DCFA livecast Movie with aftertalk: Planet City by Liam Young.

€ 34,70 (order here)

In The Innovation Complex, Sharon Zukin explores the relation between the innovation economy and the people in the cities. She examines the people and plans that have literally rooted digital technology in the city. That in turn has shaped a workforce, molded a mindset, and generated an archipelago of tech spaces, which in combination have produced a now-hegemonic ‘innovation’ culture and geography. Want to know what (potential) Dutch tech-cities like Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, and Eindhoven learn from Zukin’s insights? Re-watch the livecast The Urban Innovation Complex.

€26,59 (order here)

*) With code DCFA2122 you get a 10% discount at Athenaeum Bookstore on non-Dutch publications. Use the order links to be referred to the shop.

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Dymphie Braun
Programmamaker Creatieve Industrie & Head of Programme Designing Cities for All