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Top Ten Books in Urban Planning, Design, and Development – Courtesy of Planetizen

Planetizen is pleased to release its tenth annual list of the ten best books of the year in urban planning, design and development. This year’s assortment ranges from an crowdsourced compendium of ideas for upgrading New York City’s built environment to a personal report from the streets of Karachi.

The Planetizen editorial staff based its 2012 list on a number of criteria, including editorial reviews, popularity, number of references, sales figures, recommendations from experts and the book’s potential impact on the urban planning, development and design professions.

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This year is dominated by “big picture” books, with a number of prominent critics and commentators zooming way out to look at how cities can achieve sustainability, affordability and economic viability. Ed Glaeser’s Triumph of the City was impossible to miss this year, whether you agreed with his conclusions or not. But you’ll also find some beautiful coffee table books, a political history of bicycling and a detailed plan for incorporating agriculture into urbanism.

We present our list in alphabetical order, and are not assigning rank. And now, on to the list!