Thursday, March 14, 2019

Ten top books about building cities

Jonathan Carr first visited Chicago in 1983 in between periods spent living in the UK, Kenya, Gambia, Greece and Louisiana. A graduate of Cambridge University, he has worked as a travel correspondent, a book reviewer and a teacher of English. He holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Make Me a City is his first novel. He currently lives in Bologna, Italy.

At the Guardian Carr tagged ten of the best books about building cities, including:
Smart Citizens, Smarter State by Beth Simone Noveck

With the term “expert” routinely undercut in our public discourse, it is refreshing to read about the effectiveness of open-source databases through which individuals with specialised knowledge are making valuable contributions to our world that I, for one, knew nothing about. Novak urges officialdom to open up and use technology to harness the untapped expertise of knowledgeable citizenries. Richly informative, unafraid to address problem areas (transparency and elitism), she offers an inspiring prospect of smarter cities in a smarter future.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue