So… You want to know what to read to become a better designer, urban planner, architect and social activist, who puts inclusion at the forefront of their work? Here are a few recommendations from our Designing Cities For All (DCFA) team, and we will add new recommendations periodically. For all you city designers that want to empower yourself (and others), let these reads guide your practice of transforming cities for the better. And guess what? You can order these books with a pretty neat discount* via our local bookstore Athenaeum!


The education system has been an interesting topic for decades now. If you want to monitor the progress of a country, start by checking how good its education system is. The Manipulative Education System not only exposes the flaws of the education system but also unpacks how these flaws can lead a person to be easily manipulated, economically, socially, culturally, and politically. If you are the kind of person who wants to understand how this manipulation works, this book is perfect for you. Prepare and protect yourself from these thought control tactics. Ultimately, it’s a matter of personal choice: You can buy a pack of cigarettes, a bottle of vodka, a large size family pizza, etc. for the price of this book, or you can experience this one of a kind book which makes you go, HOLY SH*T and use these learnings for the rest of your life. Don’t let the authorities control your thoughts and your choices.

Design for Social Innovation is a newly published must-read book by Routledge in 2021. Grounded by a global survey in sectors as diverse as public health, urban planning, economic development, education, humanitarian response, cultural heritage, and civil rights, this book captures these stories and more through 45 richly illustrated case studies from six continents. From advocating to understanding and everything in between, these cases demonstrate how designers shape new products, services, and systems while transforming organisations and supporting individual growth. This is a must-have book for professionals, organisations and educators in design, philanthropy, social innovation and entrepreneurship. This book marks the first attempt to define the contours of a global overview that showcases the cultural, economic, and organisational levers propelling design for social innovation forward today.

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*All books can be ordered at Athenaeum Bookstore by emailing [email protected]. With code DCFA2122 you get a 10% discount on non-Dutch publications. Please mention the code when ordering your books.