About the Book Club

The City Builder Book Club is an online reading club that aims to foster deeper understanding of how cities work. The Book Club invites readers to engage in a guided reading and discussion of books that contribute to ideas on urban systems.

The Center for City Ecology launched the book club in 2012 with Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities, facilitated in partnership with Creative Urban Projects. In 2015, the CCE partnered with Cities of Migration to present the second edition of the City Builder Book Club: a guided reading and global discussion of Doug Saunders’ Arrival City.


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  1. Fiona Akins says:

    This group is the coolest thing since sliced bread!!

    I am stoked to join the journey reading this all time classic once again, approximately eight years after my first reading.


  2. Jim Wright says:

    I came across this most interesting web site by reading Alan Davies blog. As a retired civil/structural engineer, town planner and IT practitioner, I am interested in computing the real population carrying capacity of Australia at varying levels of living standards. Eventually, we will be forced to move back to the bush with communities functioning as satellites of major cities and small satellites of big satellites, connected by fast transport systems and the internet. A very important aspect of this development is countering the effects of isolation and the feeling that living remotely from capital cities is somehow inferior. What I hope to learn from this site is what elements of lifestyle (for want of a better word) can offset this notion. As has been inferred by some of your correspondents, town planning must be more than just a mechanistic process for determining layouts of infrastructure and services on the ground. There must be some concepts included that will create an attractive character which will appeal to potential residents.

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