BUILDINGS are where humans spend their time, and "civilization is what happens in cities." Some buildings have more life than others. Christopher Alexander's A Pattern Language analyzes why and how. Cities are busily exfoliating. Joel Garreau's Edge City explains why and how, and why it's better news than we think.
I think these two outstanding books, one a classic, one brand new, together map how the physical matrix of society will evolve in the coming decades.