On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes

    Document Author: Alexandra Horowitz

    In this book, the scientist Alexandra Horowitz discusses how walking in another’s shoes also makes it possible to view things differently. She selected eleven different companions to take a walk with her around a single city block. The result? Multiple new experiences due to the way in which each one experienced his/her environment from another perspective – from that of a dog, to the perspectives of a geologist, a sociologist, a doctor and a sound engineer.

    The Happy City

    Document Author: Charles Montgomery

    This book highlights an unexpected connection between happiness and the design of sustainable residential areas.

    Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City

    Document Author: Anthony Flint

    Jane Jacobs is counted among the most influential thinkers on urban design in the Twentieth Century. This book records how she, a virtual David in the battle, successfully opposed Goliath (Robert Moses, who was armed with political connections and the serious issues of a developer) to preserve Greenwich Village in New York, amongst others.

    Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming

    Document Author: Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby

    Dunne and Raby, professors at the London College of Art, represent a new line of thinking in design, the idea of ‘critical design’. Instead of designers – including architects and town planners – mainly solving problems, they should also create new conditions or products or improve these. By this, the authors mean that new problems should be detected. A designer does this by imagining a completely new future.

    Ou-Kaapse meubels

    Document Author: Matilda Burden

    The focus on historical styles represents a new approach in local literature on antique furniture. Ou-Kaapse meubels – studies in style presents a breakdown of styles that occurred at the Cape until round about 1900, and the different levels of sophistication at which the furniture was aimed. Background to the origin of the styles assists readers in identifying the styles for themselves, and to identify particular examples of furniture according to the style of a period, while simultaneously getting to know Old Cape furniture in a broader context.