I’m posting this largely for planning purposes. (I’d made the header at some point last year….bit of a shame not to use it!). I have a few titles already in hand for this, and hope to pursue it further in the year. The cities empaneled above are Babylon, Athens, Istanbul, London, and Guangzhou (I think). I would have searched for either Guangzhou or Shanghai to reference China’s exploding metropolitan habit.
Civilization as the Story of Cities
Books on cities in general
The Challenge of Making a City
Books on modern urbanism and infrastructure
Cities in History
Histories of specific cities, especially as they defined, dominated, or epitomized an era in history