Best Reference Books – Human Settlements and Planning

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Human Settlements and Planning subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Human Settlements and Planning along with reviews.

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1. “The Challenge of Slums: Global Report on Human Settlements 2003” by United Nations Human Settlements Programme

“The Challenge of Slums: Global Report on Human Settlements 2003” Book Review: This book is written for researchers, academics, planners, public authorities and civil society organizations around the world looking for information about the challenge of slums. The author uses a newly formulated operational definition of slums and presents estimates of the number of urban slum dwellers. This book also contains information about the factors at all levels, from local to global, that underlie the formation of slums as well as their social, spatial and economic characteristics and dynamics. This book contains informative graphics, case studies and extensive statistical data for better understanding.

2. “Himalayan Cities: Settlement Patterns, Public Places and Architecture” by Pratyush Shankar

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“Himalayan Cities: Settlement Patterns, Public Places and Architecture” Book Review: This book is written for academic and general readers looking for elaborate information about Himalayan cities. The author of this book compares the settlements in different areas of the Himalayan region, cutting across national boundaries, from Kashmir via Nepal to the north-eastern parts of the Indian subcontinent, and their relationship with the landscape. Topics like peculiarities of the Himalayan city, key principles and general models and nature of public places and architecture shaped by this unique mountainous environment are included in this book. This book also contains many photographs and detailed hand drawings by the author and his students.

3. “The Urbanization Revolution: Planning a New Agenda for Human Settlements (Urban Innovation Abroad)” by R May Jr
4. “Climate Change and Urban Settlements: A Spatial Perspective of Carbon Footprint and Beyond (Routledge Studies in Hazards, Disaster Risk and Climate Change)” by Mahendra Sethi

“Climate Change and Urban Settlements: A Spatial Perspective of Carbon Footprint and Beyond (Routledge Studies in Hazards, Disaster Risk and Climate Change)” Book Review: This book is written for policy makers, planners and scholars looking for elaborate information about climate change. The author addresses key questions such a: What should be the appropriate economies of scale for cities in a country? What is the most favourable rate of urbanization? What should be the most suitable spatial pattern for a city? And many more in this book. The author also talks about the future pathways that can be followed that will result in low-carbon and high-equity spatial development.

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5. “Smart Economy in Smart Cities: International Collaborative Research” by T M Vinod Kumar

“Smart Economy in Smart Cities: International Collaborative Research” Book Review: This book is written for policy makers, planners and scholars looking for elaborate information about smart economy in smart cities. The author of this book uses 13 in depth city research case studies in 10 countries such as North America, Europe, Africa and Asia to explain how a smart economy changes the urban spatial system and vice versa. He also investigates how urban spatial systems adapt to the specific needs of smart urban economy.

6. “Greening Cities: Forms and Functions (Advances in 21st Century Human Settlements)” by Chi Yung Jim and Puay Yok Tan

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“Greening Cities: Forms and Functions (Advances in 21st Century Human Settlements)” Book Review: This book is written for researchers, practitioners and policy-makers looking for elaborate information about cities and its forms and functions. The author of the book has included information about urban greening and urban ecology, focusing on diverse disciplines such as landscape architecture, geography, urban governance, architecture and urban hydrology. The first part of the book examines the historical roots of greening cities. The second part focuses on the diverse range of services provided by urban greening. The final part explores urban woodlands and urban farms.

7. “E-Democracy for Smart Cities (Advances in 21st Century Human Settlements)” by T M Vinod Kumar

“E-Democracy for Smart Cities (Advances in 21st Century Human Settlements)” Book Review: This book is written for researchers, practitioners and policy-makers looking for elaborate information about e-democracy for smart cities. The author of this book provides information about the rightful role of citizens as per the constitution of the country for participation in Governance of a smart. Topics like high speed fiber optic networks, the internet, and mobile computing have been included in this book. Other topics like the interaction of interface with citizens and academic institutions and Internet of Things have also been included.

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8. “Community-Based Urban Development: Evolving Urban Paradigms in Singapore and Seoul (Advances in 21st Century Human Settlements)” by Im Sik Cho and Blaž Križnik

“Community-Based Urban Development: Evolving Urban Paradigms in Singapore and Seoul (Advances in 21st Century Human Settlements)” Book Review: This book is written for scholars, professionals and students interested in contemporary Asian urbanisation and its future trajectories. The author of this book focuses on community participation in the transformation of neighbourhoods in Singapore and Seoul and its impact on the built environment and communal life. The author also draws attention to the possibilities and challenges that these cities face while moving towards a more inclusive and socially sustainable post-developmental urbanisation.

9. “Enhancing Urban Safety and Security: Global Report on Human Settlements 2007” by Un-Habitat

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“Enhancing Urban Safety and Security: Global Report on Human Settlements 2007” Book Review: This book is written for scholars, professionals and students interested in information about the safety and security of urban cities. The author of this book addresses three major threats to the safety and security of cities: crime and violence, insecurity of tenure and forced evictions, and natural and human-made disasters. Analysis is done on worldwide trends with respect to each of these threats. This book also contains information about issues that can be addressed through appropriate urban policy, planning, design and governance.

10. “Financing Urban Shelter: Global Report on Human Settlements 2005” by Un-Habitat
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