Jan Gehl, cities for people on Kindle
If you have any interest at all in cities and urbanism, then you will probably have heard of Jan Gehl and the Copenhagen-ization of cities to make them more pedestrian and cyclist friendly. This is a reasonably accessible book that takes you to a world where the car is completely irrelevant and it is pedestrians, cyclists and street life that are paramount. In many ways the book is a continuation of the themes of The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs. Alternatively it is the updated technical annex to Jacobs, it has more facts and figures, and more theory and method, but it is also less readable. If you have not read Jacobs, then you should definitely read her before this.
I am a bit stuck for a marking, when I bought this it was under a fiver for the Kindle version and at that price a clear five stars.
I’ve just read it on my basic Kindle and it is a very compromised version that you get on Kindle, the illustrations and diagrams are there, but not particularly legible, or inspiring. The text is all there, albeit with quite a few typos. The Kindle price has recently edged up to closer to twenty pounds, and at that price for a Kindle version I would instead recommend buying a physical copy, or perhaps The City Reader by Richard T. LeGates and Frederic Stout.