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For the activist, the on-the-ground operator, the resistance luminary—wherever you may be. From New York nabes to the variegated Middle East to arctic Helsinki, these titles demonstrate what happens when people rise up together. And we’re throwing in a reminder that sometimes subversion is best served with a dollop of satire.

A building, a city, a planet—what remains? A striking modernist venture in Venezuela becomes a prisoners' hell. Olympian ruins in Rio de Janeiro. The world as we know it post-climate change. Three books for those who like to ponder the ethical contribution of humans to the planet.
 
Climate change and institutional expansion may be inevitable, but this set takes a constructive approach. Past, present and future unfold, citizens unite, disciplines collapse! We offer these visual speculations to the motivated optimist on your list.
 

Restless. That’s the character of modernism and this slate of books that takes its dimensions. Oscillating between a reappraisal of mid-19th-century Venezuelan architecture, the humorous tones of a wide-ranging encyclopedia of global ‘modernization’, and a love letter to a thinker who saw modernism as an expansive way of being with the world, the energy in these titles is infectious.
 

We end this list with our home and base, New York City. Down the sewers post-Sandy, through the zoning battlegrounds of Williamsburg, Chinatown and Harlem, past the ruins of Marshall Berman’s South Bronx, to an alternative vision of Upper Manhattan. Give or share a UR New York moment or two!
 

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Urban Research (UR) is a book series devoted to cities and their futures. Our goal is to get the word out about solutions that exceed the reach of "official" planning and design and to encourage vigorous and wide-ranging debate. We hope to become a key resource for people and organizations engaged in progressive urban research, design, and critical advocacy. We invite the collaboration of all who share our interest in creating sustainable, beautiful, and just cities around the world.
Michael Sorkin, Editor in Chief
 
UR is published by Terreform, a nonprofit urban research and advocacy center founded in 2005.
TerreformUR is grateful for support from institutions (City College of New York—The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, Furthermore: A Program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, Southern California Institute of Architecture, and the Venice Biennale—2010 American Pavilion), from individuals (including Elisabeth Block, Jean-Louis Bourgeois, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, Frank and Berta Gehry, Roberta Gratz, Richard Menaker, George Sorkin and a generous anonymous donor), and from architectural offices (Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Rockwell Group, Safdie Architects, Snøhetta, Michael Sorkin Studio, TEN Arquitectos, and Turenscape). 
 
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