Planetizen published its ninth annual list of the ten best books in urban planning, design and development published in 2010. This year's selection includes some big names, some big ideas—and the book What We See.
The Planetizen editorial staff reports that they based their 2011 list on "a number of criteria, including editorial reviews, popularity, Planetizen reader nominations, number of references, sales figures, recommendations from experts and the book's potential impact on the urban planning, development and design professions."
Their list includes short reviews of each title. Here are their closing sentences about What We See: "Perhaps the most compelling aspect of What We See is the way many of the contributors use the first person to explain what Jacobs has meant to them on a personal level in their relationships with particular urban environments and the other people they encounter within them. The tone is often reverential to the great urbanist, but also questioning. The essays brim with ideas and reflections about cities, their inhabitants and the vibrant neighborhoods that Jacobs loved so much."