Useful resources and thoughts by Urban Toolbox and other urban thinkers.

Urban Toolbox’s founder Julia Suh is a leading independent voice in urbanism and human-centred design. Her urban research blog Urbia was selected by The Guardian as one of The Best City Blogs Around the World.

The following resources may be useful for urban design and planning, placemaking and community development professionals.


>> The Chicago Forum on Global Cities 2016 videos of the Forum
>> Theory of City Form lectures (MIT Open Courseware)
>> The Human Scale documentary by Andreas M. Dalsgaard featuring Gehl Architects
>> Architectures documentary series by Richard Copans and Stan Neumann
>> Design Thinking for Innovation lectures by University of Virginia (Coursera)
>> The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces documentary by William H. Whyte
>> The Monocle Quality of Life Survey 2015 a short video by Monocle
>> Re-Enchanting the City: Designing the Human Habitat free online course by UNSW, with Elizabeth Farrelly; great introductory course about cities for all


>> Top 10 books recommended by Planetizen (2014)
>> 10 Great Novels Every Urbanist Should Read by Next City (2014)
>> The Rise of the Creative Class by Richard Florida
>> Public Parks: The Key to Livable Communities by Alexander Garvin
>> Life Between Buildings by Jan Gehl
>> Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier by Edward Glaeser
>> Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives by Sarah Williams Goldhagen
>> Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution by David Harvey
>> The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
>> The Economy of Cities by Jane Jacobs
>> The Image of the City by Kevin Lynch
>> The Right to the City by Don Mitchell
>> Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery


>> Future of Places by Ax:son Johnson Foundation
>> Placemaking resources by Project for Public Spaces
>> The Guardian Cities

>> Principles for healthy and sustainable places by United Nations University
>> Inside Retail by Julia Suh and Michael Baker “Design for a better shopping experience”


>> The Urbanist, Monocle

Maps and Data

>> 2016 Quality of Living Rankings
>> NSW Crime Tool
>> Walk Score