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The 100 Books We Most Often Refer To.

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Alexander, Christopher, et al. (1977). A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction, New York, Oxford University Press

Bacon, Christopher M, et al. (2008). Confronting the Coffee Crisis: Fair Trade, Sustainable Livelihood and Ecosystems in Mexico and Central America. MIT Press

Barba, Eugenio (1995). The Paper Canoe: A Guide to Theatre Anthropology. London, Routledge

Bentley, Tom (1998). Learning beyond the classroom: education for a changing world. London, Routledge/Demos

Benyus, Janine (1997). Biomimicry: innovation inspired by nature, New York, William Morrow

Berners-Lee, Mike (2010). How Bad Are Bananas: The Carbon Footprint of Everything. London, Profile

Beukers A, Hinte E van (1998) Lightness, the inevitable renaissance of minimum energy structures (Netherlands Design Institute) Rotterdam, 010 Publishers

Black, Maggie (2007) The No Nonsense Guide to International Development, Oxford, New Internationalist

Borges, Adele (2012), Design And Craft The Brazilian Path ed: Terceiro Nome

Borasi, Giovanni, et al (2009), What To Do With The City, Canadian Center for Architecture 

Boyle, David, and Simms, Andrew (2010). The New Economics: A Bigger Picture . Earthscan

Brand Stewart (2000). The Clock of the Long Now: Time and Responsibility London, Phoenix

Brown, Azby (2010) Just Enough: Lessons In Living Green from Traditional Japan. Kodansha.

Calvino, Italo (1992). Six memos for the next millenium, London, Cape

Capra, Fritjof (1996). The web of life New York, Random House

Carroll, John M  (2003). Making Use: Scenario-Based Design of Human-Computer Interactions, Cambridge MA, MIT Press

Corbin, Alain (1995) Time, Desire and Horror: Towards a History of the Senses,  Cambridge, Polity Press

Crawford, Matthew (2009). Shop Class As Soul Craft. Penguin

Daly, Herman E. & Joshua Farley (1975). Ecological Economics: Principles And Applications, Island Press

Davidson, Robyn, ed (2000). The Picador Book of Journeys

Diamond, Jared M (2005). Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. Viking

Duffy, Francis, (1998) Architectural knowledge, London, E+FN Spon

Dunbar, Robin (2000), Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language

Dupuy, Jean-Pierre (2003) The medicalisation of life: medicine and power

Eisenstein, Charles, 2011, Sacred Economics: Money, Gift and Society In The Age of Transition Evolver Editions

Elbek, Uffe ed (2004) KaosPilot A-Z, Aarhus, Denmark

Foer, Jonathan Safran (2010), Eating Animals, Back Bay Press

Fletcher, Kate (2008), Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys 

Freese, Barbara (2003). Coal: a Human History. London: Arrow

Goldberg, Ken ed. (2000). The robot in the garden, Cambridge MIT Press

Gombrich, E H. (1979). The Sense of Order, London, Phaidon

Goonatilake, Susantha (1998). Toward a global science: mining civilizational knowledge, Bloomington, Indiana University Press

Gowdy, John, editor, (1997) Limited Wants Unlimited Means: A Reader On Hunter-Gatherer Economics And The Environment, Washington DC, Island Press

Gray, Alasdair (1985) Lanark: a life in four books, Glasgow, Canongate

Gray, John (2002). Straw dogs: thoughts on humans and animals, Granta, London.

Greer, John Michael, The Long Descent. New Society

Greer, John Michael (2011). The Wealth of Nature: Economics as If Survival Mattered. New Society

Hall, Edward T (1959) The Silent Language, New York, Doubleday

Hamdi, Nabeel (2008), Small Change: About the Art of Practice and the Limits of Planning in Cities

Hamilton, Clive (2010) Requiem for a Species Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change, Earthscan

Harding, Stephan (2009) Animate Earth: Science, Intuition, and Gaia. Green Books. http://tiny.cc/gtrZO

Henderson, ed (1995) Dictionary of Biological Terms (11th ed) London Longman

Himanen, Pekka (2001) The hacker ethic, and the spirit of the Information Age,  New York, Random House

Hinte, Ed van (1997), Eternally Yours. Visions on product endurance Rotterdam, 010 publishers

Holmgren, David (2002) Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability, Holmgren Design Services

Hopkins, Rob (2010). The Transition Handbook: from oil dependency to local resilience. Green Books

Hopkins, Rob (2011). The Transition Companion: Making Your Community More Resilient in Uncertain Times. Green Books

Hoven, Birgit van den (1996) Work in ancient and medieval thought: ancient philosophers, medieval monks and theologians and their concept of work, occupations and technology, J C Geiben

Huizinga, Johan (1972). Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture. Beacon Books

llich, Ivan (1974). Energy and Equity.

Illich, Ivan (1974). Medical Nemesis. London: Calder & Boyars.

Irving, Robert (1988), Being and Circumstance: Notes towards a Conditonal Art,  San Francisco

Jackson, Tim (2009). Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet. Earthscan

Jegou, Francois, and Manzini, Ezio (2004)  Sustainable Everyday: A Catalogie of Promising Solutions, , Milan,  Edizione Ambiente

Jones, John Chris, “the internet and everyone”

Kennedy, Margrit (1995), Interest and Inflation Free Money. Seva International

King, F H (2004) Farmers of Forty Centuries: Organic Farming in China, Korea, and Japan, Dover

Kohn, Marek (2010). Turned Out Nice: How The British Isles Will Change As The Earth Heats Up. Faber & Faber

Kormondy, Edward (1969). Concepts of Ecology. Englewood Cliffs, Prentice-Hall.

Kumar, Satish (1992), No Destination: Autobiography of an Earth Pilgrim, Green Books

Lakoff and Johnson (1980), Metaphors we live by, University of Chicago Press

Latour, Bruno and Porter, Catherine (1996), Aramis: Or the Love of Technology, Cambridge, MA,  Harvard University Press

Lessig, Lawrence (2001), The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World. New York, Random House.

Levine, Robert  (1997) A Geography of Time, New York, Basic Books

Lietaer, Bernard (2002) The Future of Money. Random House

MacAdam, James (2010). Green Infrastructure for Southwestern Neighbourhoods. Watershed Management Group.

Mamet, David (1998) Three uses of the knife: on the nature and purpose of drama, New York, Vintage

Manguel, Alberto (1997), A History of Reading, London, Flamingo

Mast, Gregory, ed, (1988). Film theory and criticism, Oxford University Press, London

Maxmin, James, and Zuboff, Shoshana (2003). The Support Economy

McCullough, Malcom (1996). Abstracting Craft, Cambridge Mass,  MIT Press

McKay, David, (2008) Sustainable energy – without the hot air UIT. http://www.withouthotair.com/

Meadows, Donatela (2009). Thinking in Systems. Earthscan

Murray, Robin et al (2010), Social Venturing, London, Young Foundation

Murray, Robin (2011) Co-operation in the Age of Google. Cooperatives UK.

Robert Neuwirth, (2011) The Stealth of Nations: The Global Rise of the Informal Economy, New York, Pantheon

North, Peter, (2010). Local Money: How to Make it Happen in Your Community, Transition Books

Norretranders, Tor  (1998)  The user illusion: cutting consciousness down to size, New York, Viking

Odum, Eugene (1975). Ecology. Holt Rinehart and Winston

Orlov, Dmitri, (2008) Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects, New Society

Orr , David (1992), Ecological Literacy: Education and the Transition to a Postmodern World, New York, State University of New York Press

Papanek, Victor (1972), Design for the real world: human ecology and social change, New York, Random House

Patel, Raj (2010). The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy

Pauli, Gunther (2010) The Blue Economy

Redwood, Mark ed (2009), Agriculture in Urban Planning Generating Livelihoods and Food SecurityEarthscan

Ross, Andrew (1991), Strange Weather: Culture, Science and Technology in the Age of Limits,  London, Verso

Roszak, Theodore et al (1995) Ecopsychology, San Francisco, Sierra Club Books

Sahlins, Marshall (1972) Stone age economics,  New York, Aldine de Gruyter

Schechner Richard (2002), Performance Studies: An Introduction London. Routledge

Schivelbusch, Wolfgang (1987),  The Railway Journey: the Industrialisation Of  Time And S~pace in the Nineteenth Century, Berkeley, University of California Press

Seelig, Thomas et al, eds, (2001), Trade: Commodities, Communication and Consciousness, Zurich, Scalo

Seely Brown, John, and Duguid, Paul (1999), The Social Life of Information.

Shiva, Vandana (2000) Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply, South End Press

Silvester, Hans, (2007) Les habits de la Nature, Paris, Eds de la Martiniere,

Sontag, Susan (2003) Regarding the pain of others, London, Hamish Hamilton

Steele, Carolyn (2009) Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives. Vintage.

Stickdorn, Marc, and Schneider, Jakob (2011). This Is Service Design Thinking. Amsterdam, BIS.

Thayer, Robert L (2003). Life Place: Bioregional Thought and Practice. University of California Press

Tuchman, Barbara W  (1987)  (A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century
, New Yorkl, Random House

Vincent, J V F (1990) Structural Biomaterials, Princeton, Princeton University Press

Virilio, Paul and Polizzotti, Mark (1986), Speed and Politics: An Essay on Dromology, New York, Semiotext(e)

Whitelegg, J. (1997) Critical Mass: Transport Environment and Society in the Twenty-first Century Pluto Press, London

Wilson, Edward O (1998)  Consilience, the unity of knowledge, London, Little Brown

Woelfle-Erskine, Cleo, et al (2007) Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground, Soft Skull Press

Wynants, Marleen (2010); We Can Change The Weather: 100 cases of changeability. Crosstalks

Zimmerman, Brenda et al (2000), Edgeware: Complexity Resources for Health Care Leaders, Plexus Institute