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5 Must Read Books on Sustainable Community Practice

August 7, 2015

Architecture In Development (AID) invited their members, collaborators and partners to recommend some staple books for any designer working in the realm of sustainable community practice. Although AID released this about a year ago, the books still hold their ground! For those who do not know, AID is a “user-generated knowledge platform” for those “who dare to look further and practice beyond the limits of their own profession and culture.” Here are our top 5 favorite books from their list:

  • Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism by Bryan Bell and Katie Wakeford: “How do we go about the architecture practice, moving away from a system where designers offer solutions to designers actively engaged as an advocate, a developer, an educator in the practice of improving the environment?”
  • Make_Shift City. Renegotiating the urban commons by Francesca Ferguson: “Francesca Ferguson has compiled a great collection of stories, essays and interviews which represents the latest addition to a growing literature on the mix of uncertainty, austerity, insecurity and temporality as the landscape for re-imagining the city.”
  • Spaces of Global Capitalism: Towards a Theory of Uneven Geographical Development by David Harvey: “For the insight that the rise of NGOs has paralled the rise of neoliberalism and the important questions that that raises about who has legitimacy in responding in post-disaster scenarios.”
  • Housing by people: Towards Autonomy in Building Environments by John Turner “This book shows Turner’s enthusiasm for self-help solutions to housing problems and a strong belief in people’s ability to successfully manage their own lives without centrally controlled systems.”
  • HANDMADE URBANISM: From Community Initiatives to Participatory Models by Marcos L. Rosa, Ute E. Weiland “This book is all about inspiration and positivism; a proof that multidisciplinary teams and a strong network of partners can be the key of success when driving bottom- up projects.”

Click here to read the full list on the Architecture in Development website.