Reading List

Here at Forsberg we consider ourselves students of the industry, always striving to find the next book that we can read, share, and learn from. We welcome anyone interested in urban planning to read the books listed below! We’d love to hear your feedback on our Facebook page.


Harnish, V., (2002), Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What you must do to increase the value of your growing firm. Ashburn, Virginia: Gazelles, Inc.

Harnish, V., (2014), Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make it … and Why the Rest Don’t Ashburn, Virginia: Gazelles, Inc.


Fuller, R. Buckminster., (2015) Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, Edited by Jaime Snyder, Zurich, Switzerland: Lars Muller Publishers

Flint, A., (2009), Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs took on New York’s master builder and transformed the American City, New York: The Random House Publishing Group

Jacobs, J., Vital Little Plans: the short works of Jane Jacobs, (Edited by Zipp, S. & Storring, N.), (2017), London: Short Books Ltd.

Keats, J., (2016), You Belong to the Universe: Buckminster Fuller and the Future, New York:Oxford University Press

Mumford, L., (2010), Technics and Civilization, Chicago: University of Chicago Press

Social Institutional Engagement

Van Agtmael, A. & Bakker, F., (2016), The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts Are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation, New York: Public Affairs

Kitchens, R. (with Gross, D. & Smith, H.), (2008), Community Capitalism: Lessons from Kalamazoo and Beyond, Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse

Brown, P. H., (2015), How Real Estate developers Think: Design, Profits, and Community, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press

Smart Growth

Speck, J., (2012), Walkable City: How Downtown can Save America, One Step at a Time, New York: North Point Press

Schwartz, S. I., (with Rosen, W.), (2015), Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars, New York: Public Affairs

Smart Cities & Technology

Townsend, A. M., (2013), Smart Cities: big data, civic hackers, and the quest for a new utopia, New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Cities Historical Perspective

Mumford, L., (1989), The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects, New York: Harcourt Publishing Company

Historical City Planning

Jacobs, J. (1992), The Death and Life of Great American Cities, New York: Random House

Geddes, P., (2017), Cities in Evolution: An Introduction to the Town Planning Movement and the Study of Civics, London: Forgotten Books

Welter, V. M., (2002), Biolopolis: Patrick Geddes and the City of Life, Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press

Smart Growth Planning

Duany, A., Speck, J., (with Lydon, M.), (2010), The Smart Growth Manual, New York: McGraw Hill

Sorlien, S. (Adapter), (2010), Neighborhood Conservation Code: A Transect-Based Infill Code for Planning and Zoning, Smart Code: Version 9.2, The Town Paper Publisher

Tachieva, G., (2010), Sprawl Repair Manual, Washington: Island Press

Duany, A., Plater-Zyberk, E., & Alminana, R., (2003), The New Civic Art: Elements of Town Planning, New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.

Contrarian View

Griffin, G. E., (2010), The Creature from Jekyll Island: A second look at the Federal Reserve, (5th edition), Plummer, J. & Griffin, G. E.< (2014), Tragedy and Hope 101: The Illusion of Justice, Freedom, and Democracy,

Taleb, N. N., (2010), The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks

Social Dividing Issues

Shapiro, T. M., (2017), Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future, New York: Basic Books

Lowery, W., (2016), They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement, New York: Little, Brown and Company

Rothstein, R., The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America, New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation


Lewis, P., Tsurumaki, M., & Lewis, D. J., (2016), Manual of Section, New York, Princeton Architectural Press.


Collins, J. & Hansen, M. T., (2011), Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck – Why some thrive despite them all, New York: HarperCollins Publishers

Buckingham, M., (2005), The One Thing You Need to Know … About Great Managing, Great Leading, and Sustained Individual Success, New York: Free Press

Connors, R., Smith, T., & Hickman, C., (2004), The Oz Principle: Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability, New York: Penguin Group


Layton, C., Pearson, T., & Donovan, L. (2014),The Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities, Ann Arbor, Michigan: The Michigan Municipal League


Reichheld, F., (with Markey, R.), (2011), The Ultimate Question 2.0: How Net Promoter Companies Thrive in a Customer-Drive World, Boston: Harvard Business Review Press


Arnaud, M., (2017), Detroit: The Dream is Now: The Design, Art, and Resurgence of an American City, New York, Abrams


Civilis Consultants, (2015), Revitalization Toolkit presented to the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

National Charrette Institute, (2014), The Capitol Corridor: A regional vision for Michigan Avenue/Grand River Avenue, Lansing, Michigan: Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

Bandes, S. J., (2016), Mid-Michigan Modern: From Frank Lloyd Wright to Google, East Lansing, Michigan: Michigan State University Press

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