Author: David R Godschalk
David R. Godschalk is professor emeritus of city and regional planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Articles by David R Godschalk
- In Print: What Makes a Great City
Published on December 02, 2016 in Planning & Design
In writing this book, author Alexander Garvin went on a quest to discover what makes cities great. He found that the secret to urban greatness stems from management of the streets, squares, parks, and special places that make up the “public realm.” To maintain greatness, cities must not only maintain but also “continually alter their public realm to meet the changing needs of their occupants.”
- In Print: The Green and the Black: The Complete Story of the Shale Revolution, the Fight over Fracking, and the Future of Energy
Published on September 02, 2016 in Sustainability
Author Gary Sernovitz sees the American oil and gas renaissance as “the Internet of oil, a spark . . . that led to an industrial change of such scope and magnitude that we have woken up . . . in a once impossible world.” Yet public understanding of the shale revolution has lagged, leading to hype, scaremongering, and a failure to candidly discuss its urgent moral, technological, regulatory, and environmental challenges.
- In Print: A Good Tax: Legal and Policy Issues for the Property Tax in the United States
Published on August 22, 2016 in Market Trends
An attorney by training and chair of the Department of Valuation and Taxation at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, author Joan Youngman presents a crisp and balanced review of the complex administrative and political challenges posed by the assessment and collection of the annual property tax.
- In Print: America’s Urban Future: Lessons from North of the Border
Published on June 27, 2016 in Sustainability
According to authors Ray Tomalty and Alan Mallach, U.S. cities should look to Canada for ways to make our urban areas more livable and sustainable.
- In Print: The Human City: Urbanism for the Rest of Us
Published on June 03, 2016 in Development
Joel Kotkin, a fellow in urban studies at Chapman University in Orange, California, whose previous works include The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050 and The New Class Conflict, in his latest book challenges the claimed advantages of high-density, “pack and stack” urban development.
- In Print: The Nature of Urban Design: A New York Perspective on Resilience
Published on February 12, 2016 in Planning & Design
In his book, Alexandros Washburn writes that “nothing important in a city can change without an alignment of politics, finance, and design.” As New York City’s chief urban designer under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, he played a key role in the planning and building of the High Line, the 21st century’s most notable civic design project. That experience shaped his view of city design.
- In Print: Zoning Rules! The Economics of Land Use Regulation
Published on January 11, 2016 in Planning & Design
Be forewarned: this book’s emphatic title tells readers that, in the author’s view, local land use regulation shapes the form of American communities, for better or worse. To solve the problems of sprawl and economic segregation that plague cities and urban development, William A. Fischel, an economics professor at Dartmouth College, insists that we must radically reform zoning in the United States.
- In Print: Planning for States and Nation-States in the U.S. and Europe
Published on December 18, 2015 in Planning & Design
Combining the work of 26 experts, the editors of this book argue that better coordination in state- and national-level planning would provide more efficient infrastructure investments, greater resilience to climate change, and increased equity in economic development.
- In Print: Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs
Published on December 07, 2015 in Sustainability
Despite mounting evidence that a new urban growth model is needed, America continues to build dysfunctional cities and suburbs. The authors of this ambitious book would reverse that practice with “ecodesign,” their approach to urban and suburban planning, regulation, and development.
- In Print: Atlas of Cities
Published on November 16, 2015 in Market Trends
A compelling and unique book, Atlas of Cities goes beyond maps to provide insights into the dynamics of how cities shape contemporary social and economic activities.
- In Print: Everything in Its Place: Entrepreneurship and the Strategic Management of Cities, Regions, and States
Published on November 05, 2015 in Market Trends
David Audretsch is an unabashed advocate of place-based economic entrepreneurship. A distinguished professor and director of the Development Studies Institute at Indiana University, Audretsch argues that the economic performance of places (especially cities and regions) matters as much as that of commercial firms and industries.
- In Print: Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City
Published on June 26, 2015 in Infrastructure
Railtown chronicles the latest chapter in the Los Angeles saga—the city’s transition from a smoggy, car-loving, freeway-dominated megacity to an emerging cluster of walkable urban centers linked by public transit, including light and heavy rail as well as buses.
- In Print: Next Generation Infrastructure: Principles for Post-Industrial Public Works
Published on June 22, 2015 in Market Trends
Rather than picturing a nation scrambling for elusive funds to patch up these old facilities, author Hillary Brown envisions a smarter, less expensive, and more resilient way to build the next generation of U.S. infrastructure. The former director of New York City’s Office of Sustainable Design, the author is now principal in the firm New Civic Works and a professor at the City College of New York
- In Print: Urban Acupuncture: Celebrating Pinpricks of Change that Enrich Urban Life
Published on June 03, 2015 in Planning & Design
Jaime Lerner’s Urban Acupuncture delves deeply into urban life and what makes cities tick. Lerner is an architect and planner who served three terms as mayor of Curitiba, Brazil, a city renowned for creative urbanism projects, including its pioneering bus rapid transit system.
- In Print: Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns
Published on October 13, 2014 in Planning & Design
In this book, authors John Massengale and Victor Dover analyze great urban streets from around the world in text, pictures, and drawings. These range from the iconic Champs-Élysées in Paris and Las Ramblas in Barcelona to important but lesser-known streets such as Main Street in Nantucket, Massachusetts, and Church Street in Charleston, South Carolina
- In Print: Land in Conflict: Managing and Resolving Land Use Disputes
Published on August 18, 2014 in Market Trends
Worthy land development projects can be torpedoed during contentious public hearings. The authors of this book argue that supplementing the standard public hearing process with consensus building can turn opposing stakeholders into problem solvers, generating better projects with wider public support.
- In Print: Landscape Urbanism and Its Discontents: Dissimulating the Sustainable City
Published on March 05, 2014 in Industry Sectors
This lively book describes a design war raging between the supporters of new urbanism and backers of landscape urbanism.
- In Print: Snob Zones: Fear, Prejudice, and Real Estate
Published on February 27, 2014 in Development
From the Kennedys to the Kochs, the rich and powerful have been fighting to keep a massive wind farm from being built off the coast of Cape Cod. This is a perfect case for Lisa Prevost’s Snob Zones, a book that examines land use conflicts in the change-resistant small towns and suburbs of New England.
- In Print: Building the New Urbanism: Places, Professions, and Profits in the American Metropolitan Landscape
Published on February 20, 2014 in Planning & Design
New urbanism’s rise has been a quiet revolution—a gradual introduction of walkability and outdoor rooms into the vocabulary of urban development. In his book Building the New Urbanism, Aaron Passell does a masterful job of explaining the growth of this approach to urban design.
- In Print: A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America
Published on January 06, 2014 in Development
Envision dense and prosperous American cities consisting of skyscrapers built in parks and conveniently accessed by transit—places that are healthy, walkable, and affordable for everyone. This is the vision of A Country of Cities.
- In Print: Designing Suburban Futures: New Models from Build a Better Burb
Published on December 03, 2013 in Planning & Design
This still-timely book makes a number of suggestions for adapting and redesigning suburbs in order to create more sustainable urban living patterns. It is really three books in one—a history of suburbia in the United States, a compendium of suburban redevelopment strategies, and a description of award-winning designs from an architectural competition to reshape Long Island, New York.
- In Print: The Future of the City: Tall Buildings and Urban Design
Published on November 26, 2013 in Infrastructure
The Future of the City is a treasure trove of skyscraper designs from around the world. Almost an encyclopedia, the book tells you everything you would want to know about the architecture and urban design of the tall buildings sprouting up in Dubai, Beijing, Chicago, London, and elsewhere.
- In Print: Hard Constants: Sustainability and the American City
Published on August 27, 2013 in Sustainability
Sustainability’s future will be determined not by well-meaning public policies and urban plans, but by the "hard constants" that motivate us at the deepest levels, Tony Favro argues in his book Hard Constants: Sustainability and the American City. Shaped by our experience with democracy and capitalism over hundreds of years, these hard constants embody our persistent values regarding individuals versus community, conservation versus consumption, growth versus stability, and planning versus freedom.
- In Print: Planet of Cities
Published on May 10, 2013 in Sustainability
Planet of Cities sets an ambitious agenda—nothing less than formulating evidence-based rules for managing the worldwide growth of cities during the 21st century. These rules attack the central ideal of the urban planner’s conventional wisdom—the Containment or Compact City Paradigm, showing it to be unworkable and unrealistic.
- In Print: Resilient Coastal City Regions: Planning for Climate Change in the United States and Australia
Published on June 01, 2012 in Sustainability
Both the United States and Australia face daunting risks from the effects of climate change.
- In Print: Local Climate Action Planning
Published on June 01, 2012 in Sustainability
Local Climate Action Planning, a practical guide offering straight talk on how to navigate the sometimes foggy area of local planning for climate change, provides tested strategies and informative case studies for anyone concerned with reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapting to climate change effects such as rising sea levels.
- In Print: Sunburnt Cities by Justin B. Hollander
Published on July 27, 2011 in Sustainability
Hollander does not believe that the problem of depopulation is amenable to piecemeal, short-term fixes. His solution is not to invest in "illusory" job development, but to focus on right-sizing shrinking neighborhoods. Read more about Hollander's book "Sunburnt Cities: The Great Recession, Depopulation, and Urban Planning in the American Sunbelt."
- Sustainable Infrastructure: The Guide to Green Engineering and Design
Published on March 24, 2011 in Default Category
- Proactive in Print – Urban Planning Tools for Climate Change Mitigation /Planning for Climate Change in the West
Published on September 04, 2010 in Default Category
- Proactive in Print – Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities: Design Strategies for the Post-Carbon World
Published on September 04, 2010 in Default Category