Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
Paperback ISBN: 0743254430
Coming of age in the midst of the Bronx drug trade, nineteen-year-old Jessica, fourteen-year-old Coco, and their lovers experience budding sexuality, teen parenthood, and gang identity, in a social examination of the challenges of family life in the face of violence. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
The Next American Metropolis
Ecology, Community, and the American Dream
Paperback ISBN: 1878271687
Regarding issues of urban sprawl Visit Sprawl Net, at Rice University. It's under construction, but it should be an interesting resource. Check out the traffic in the land of commuting. And, finally, enjoy Los Angeles: Revisiting the Four Ecologies.
The Sphinx in the City
Urban Life, the Control of Disorder, and Women
Paperback ISBN: 0520078640
Elizabeth Wilson's elegant, provocative, and scholarly study uses fiction, essays, film, and art, as well as history and sociology, to look at some of the world's greatest citiesLondon, Paris, Moscow, New York, Chicago, Lusaka, and São Pauloand presents a powerful critique of utopian planning, anti-urbanism, postmodernism, and traditional architecture. For women the city offers freedom, including sexual freedom, but also new dangers. Planners and reformers have repeatedly attempted to regulate womenand the working class and ethnic minoritiesby means of grandiose, utopian plans, nearly destroying the richness of urban culture. City centers have become uninhabited business districts, the countryside suburbanized. There is danger without pleasure, consumerism without choice, safety without stimulation. What is needed is a new understanding of city life and Wilson gives us an intriguing introduction to what this might be.
The Nature of Design
Ecology, Culture, and Human Intention
Paperback ISBN: 0195173686
The environmental movement has often been accused of being overly negative--trying to stop "progress." The Nature of Design, on the other hand, is about starting things, specifically an ecological design revolution that changes how we provide food, shelter, energy, materials, and livelihood, and how we deal with waste. Ecological design is an emerging field that aims to recalibrate what humans do in the world according to how the world works as a biophysical system. Design in this sense is a large concept having to do as much with politics and ethics as with buildings and technology. The book begins by describing the scope of design, comparing it to the Enlightenment of the 18th century. Subsequent chapters describe barriers to a design revolution inherent in our misuse of language, the clockspeed of technological society, and shortsighted politics. Orr goes on to describe the critical role educational institutions might play in fostering design intelligence and what he calls "a higher order of heroism." Appropriately, the book ends on themes of charity, wilderness, and the rights of children. Astute yet broadly appealing, The Nature of Design combines theory, practicality, and a call to action.