Urbanism is a personal fascination and hobby of mine, and as more and more of us live in cities it has a near universal application. Many publishers are responding to this with articulate and accessible writing on urbanist and architectural topics that take the discipline out of the academic or the diaristic and into the mainstream. The following are a selection of what I believe are the very best of that style of urbanist writing, succeeding in their attempts to combine insights about cities and design alongside a captivating story.
The tradition of exploring the histories of cities by the linguistic references in its place names is rich with insight into what once lay beneath our modern developments. This excellent article by Imaginary Cities’ Darran Anderson explores the wild history of the naming of streets; Imperialism, despotism and Rastafarianism all mentioned along the way.