Career development book clubs?

February 17, 2011 at 5:42 pm 1 comment

I recently found myself wondering if career development book clubs exist, because I read almost exclusively for professional and/or educational reasons. Even though there are some novels that are very dear to my heart (for example: The Life of Pi), movies have really become my primary source of fictional entertainment instead.

I have also recently become increasingly interested in urban planning and community development, as opposed to architecture and other spatial design (both of which recur throughout my educational and professional pasts). Which is why I’m considering getting my hands on the following six books:

Clockwise, from top left: The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces by William H. Whyte, Asset Building & Community Development by Gary Paul Green and Anna Haines, Grid/Street/Place: Essential Elements of Sustainable Urban Districts by Nathan Cherry, The Architecture of Community by Léon Krier, Architecture Without Architects: A Short Introduction to Non-pedigreed Architecture by Bernard Rudofsky, and The Image of the City by Kevin Lynch.

Does anyone have any other recommendations? Or tips on how to find (or start!) a career development book club?

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  • 1. Anastasia  |  February 18, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I have been wanting to start up a career development book club as well! I’ve only seen the move The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces – but I highly recommend that.

    Also, another great read is Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There. This is more of a sociological read but I found it highly informative.

    I would be very interested in reading more of this type of material and maybe some general career/professional building books like Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time (which I recently finished – some really interesting tips there).


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