UC Berkeley
College of Environmental Design


Faculty Publications

Planning Sustainable Cities and Regions: Towards More Equitable Development
By: Karen Chapple
Routledge (September 2014)

As global warming advances, regions around the world are engaging in revolutionary sustainability planning - but with social equity as an afterthought. California is at the cutting edge of this movement, not only because its regulations actively reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also because its pioneering environmental regulation, market innovation, and Left Coast politics show how to blend the "three Es" of sustainability--environment, economy, and equity. Planning Sustainable Cities and Regions is the first book to explain what this grand experiment tells us about the most just path moving forward for cities and regions across the globe.

Saltscapes: The Kite Aerial Photography of Cris Benton
By: Cris Benton
Heydey (December 2013)

After a century of industrial salt production, over ten thousand acres of the once vast marshland of the South Bay’s salt evaporation ponds are now being restored to their natural state. Using a kite to fly a radio-controlled camera to heights of up to three hundred feet, photographer Cris Benton brings this much overlooked part of the San Francisco Bay into sharp focus, highlighting one of the greatest landscape transformations underway in America. Saltscapes can be enjoyed equally as a collection of art photography and a portrait of ecological transformation and resilience.

The Urban Design Reader: Second Edition
By: Elizabeth Macdonald
Routledge (November 2012)

The second edition of The Urban Design Reader brings together the very best of classic and contemporary writings to illuminate and expand the theory and practice of urban design. The updated edition provides the most important classic writings and historical material of the urban design field, but also introduces new topics and selections that address the challenges facing designers today. The six part structure of the second edition guides the reader through the history, theory and practice of urban design.

Pleasure Drives and Promenades: A History of Frederick Law Olmsted's Brooklyn Parkways
By: Elizabeth Macdonald
Columbia College Chicago Press (February 2013)

Featuring contemporary architectural drawings and period illustrations, Pleasure Drives and Promenades charts the inception and early implementation of the Brooklyn Parkway Plan as well as its lasting influence on the urban landscape. Brooklyn’s Parkway Plan of pleasure drives and promenades was the collaborative undertaking of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Prospect and Central parks with partner Calvert Vaux, and forward-looking park commissioner, James S. T. Stranahan.

The Sea Ranch: Fifty Years of Architecture, Landscape, Place and Community
By: Donlyn Lyndon
Princeton Architectural Press (November 2013)

One hundred miles north of San Francisco, the Sonoma County coast meets the Pacific Ocean at The Sea Ranch, an area covering several thousand acres of large, open meadows and forested natural settings interspersed with awardwinning architecture. The ideas that surrounded the founding of this community have continued to yield new insights, fifty years later. In an updated edition of The Sea Ranch, Donlyn Lyndon teams with photographer Jim Alinder to show how the evolving ideas at The Sea Ranch have given form to specific buildings and the ways they fit within the larger landscape. The revised edition of the monograph includes photographs, drawings and descriptions of more than sixty spirited examples of architecture at The Sea Ranch (a dozen constructed since the book was first published ten years ago), as well as essays by Donald Canty and Lawrence Halprin.

Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces
By: Clare Cooper Marcus and Naomi A. Sachs
Wiley (October 2013)

Therapeutic Landscapes is a comprehensive and authoritative guide offering an evidence-based overview of healing gardens and therapeutic landscapes from planning to post-occupancy evaluation. It provides general guidelines for designers and other stakeholders in a variety of projects, as well as patient-specific guidelines covering twelve categories ranging from burn patients, psychiatric patients, to hospice and Alzheimer's patients, among others. Sections on participatory design and funding offer valuable guidance to the entire team, not just designers, while a planting and maintenance chapter gives critical information to ensure that safety, longevity, and budgetary concerns are addressed.

The Hidden Potential of Sustainable Neighborhoods
By: Harrison Fraker
Island Press (September 2013)

How do you achieve effective low-carbon design beyond the building level? How do you create a community that is both livable and sustainable? More importantly, how do you know if you have succeeded? Harrison Fraker goes beyond abstract principles to provide a clear, in-depth evaluation of four first generation low-carbon neighborhoods in Europe, and shows how those lessons can be applied to the U.S. Using concrete performance data to gauge successes and failures, he presents a holistic model based on best practices.


Healthy City Planning: From Neighbourhood to National Health Equity
By: Jason Corburn
Routledge (March 2013)

Healthy city planning means seeking ways to eliminate the deep and persistent inequities that plague cities. Yet, as Jason Corburn argues in this book, neither city planning nor public health is currently organized to ensure that today’s cities will be equitable and healthy. Corburn briefly reviews the key events, actors, ideologies, institutions and policies that shaped and reshaped the urban public health and planning from the nineteenth century to the present day. In the second part of the book Corburn uses in-depth case studies of health and planning activities in Rio de Janeiro, Nairobi, and Richmond, California to explore the institutions, policies and practices that constitute healthy city planning. These case studies personify some of the characteristics of his ideal of adaptive urban health justice. Each begins with an historical review of the place, its policies and social movements around urban development and public health, and each is an example of the urban poor participating in, shaping, and being impacted by healthy city planning.

The Stones of Tiahuanaco: A Study of Architecture and Construction
By: Jean-Pierre Protzen and Stella Nair
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press (February 2013)

The world’s most artful and skillful stone architectures are found at Tiahuanaco at the southern end of Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. The precision of the stone masonry rivals that of the Incas to the point that writers from Spanish chroniclers of the sixteenth century to twentieth-century authors have claimed that Tiahuanaco not only served as a model for Inca architecture and stone masonry, but that the Incas even imported stonemasons from the Titicaca Basin to construct their buildings. Experiments aimed at replicating the astounding feats of the Tiahuanaco stonecutters—perfectly planar surfaces, perfect exterior and interior right angles, and precision to within 1 mm—throw light on the stonemasons’ skill and knowledge, especially of geometry and mathematics.  Detailed analyses of building stones yield insights into the architecture of Tiahuanaco, including its appearance, rules of composition, canons, and production, filling a significant gap in the understanding of Tiahuanaco’s material culture.

Why Walls Don't Work: Repairing the US-Mexico Divide
By: Michael Dear
Oxford University Press (February 2013)

Today, when one thinks of the border separating the United States from Mexico, what comes to mind is a war zone--with violent, poverty-ridden towns, cities, and maquiladoras on one side and an increasingly militarized network of barriers and surveillance systems on the other. But as the acclaimed urbanist and geographer Michael Dear reveals in this fascinating book, it was not always this way. In fact, from the end of the Mexican-American War until the late twentieth century, the border was a very porous and loosely regulated region. In this sweeping account of life within the United States-Mexican border zone, Dear traces the border's long history of cultural interaction, beginning with the numerous Mesoamerican tribes of the region. But, as Dear warns in his bracing study, this vibrant zone of cultural and social amalgamation is endangered both by highly restrictive American policies and the violence along Mexico's side of the border. Through a series of evocative portraits of contemporary border communities, he shows that a "third nation," occupied by both Americans and Mexicans, still exists, and the potential for cultivating it remains. Combining a broad historical perspective and a commanding overview of present-day problems, Why Walls Won't Work is a major intellectual intervention into one of the most hotly contested political issues of our time.

Transforming Cities with Transit
By: Robert Cervero, Hiroaki Suzuki, and Kanako Iuchi
World Bank (January 2013)

Transforming Cities with Transit explores the complex process of transit and land-use integration in rapidly growing cities in developing countries. As one of the most promising strategies for advancing environmental sustainability, economic competitiveness, and socially inclusive development in fast-growing cities, transit and land-use integration is increasingly being embraced by policy-makers at all levels of government. This book focuses on identifying barriers to and opportunities for effective coordination of transport infrastructure and urban development. Key institutional, regulatory, and financial constraints that hamper integration and opportunities to utilize transit to guide sustainable urban development are examined in selected cities in developing countries. For this, the book analyzes their Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems and their impact on land development, then formulates recommendations and implementation strategies to overcome barriers and take advantage of opportunities. It asserts that unprecedented opportunities have and will continue to arise for the successful integration of transit and land development in much of the developing world.