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Not a wrap

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

This is not a Christo-wrapped art work, it’s a botched development project: . ^ A photo I took today: the back of Vornado’s stalled project in Boston’s Downtown Crossing (wrote about it earlier, here). Stunningly ugly, isn’t it? Not like a wrapped Reichstag at all. Just goes to show that there’s art, and then there’s […]

Notes on walking architecture

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Matt Jones’s presentation, “People are walking architecture,” offers much food for thought: on architecture and ubiquitous computing, Debord and Jobs, Saarinen and Shirky, and finally Jane Jacobs.

Insights from “The reinvented city”

Monday, May 17th, 2010

A blog post from the Lincoln Institute, The reinvented city about its recent conference, includes several terrific links. First off: Andres Duany is on a tear against NIMBYs, and suggests making decisions via “juries.” There’s lots to like in that proposal. From the links provided by the Lincoln Institute’s article, a couple of choice extracts […]

Public spaces in lush lands

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

I live in a ridiculously lush part of the world, and I’m not talking about the Canadian propensity to drink alcoholic beverages. In Victoria BC, on southern Vancouver Island, it’s green year ’round. By February, people are mowing their lawns. By mid-summer, the climate turns nearly Mediterranean (after a winter and long spring of cool, […]


Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Pulchraphilia, a new word coined by Jason McLennan, makes the case for designing green and sustainable buildings with beauty in mind. This makes environmental stewardship easier, for humans are hard-wired to love beauty.

Wishing local government had an opposable mind

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Reading Roger Martin’s The Opposable Mind makes me wonder when local governments will bid conventional thinking good-bye and awaken instead to the possibilities of integrative thinking.

Follow-up thoughts on Change vs Development

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Following up on my post from yesterday, Change vs Development: Is there a difference?, a couple of additional thoughts. To me, change implies a change of state, a switch from one thing to another. I can change the template of this blog, for example. That’s a minor, inconsequential change, but still a change. Development is […]

Change vs Development: Is there a difference?

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

The way to make sure absolutely that all you ever get is utter crap change is to resist development at every turn: that’s almost guaranteed to deliver nasty surprises.

Congestion is our friend

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Gordon Price deconstructed “Motordom” during a recent presentation. One question especially continues to resonate, both in relation to sustainable transportation planning and to Victoria’s Johnson Street Bridge.

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