[theory] Helping Cities Grow: What to do.

[theory] Helping Cities Grow: What to do.

An important issue for many cities dealing with circumstances initiated by others in the past, like a blighted looking city filled with parking lot scars, etc. From my experience I’ve witnessed many cities do the wrong thing in order to encourage development. The point of this post is, if you do something, it could have a negative impact on your city, so make sure you do the right thing. Read more

[construction] Designing a better Urban Residential Block

[construction] Designing a better Urban Residential Block

It’s long overdue, that is, the re-design of our urban fabric.  What we have today stems from century old thinking and technology as well as the notion of building only what is required for today.   Read more

[architecture] There will be a time… future homes.

[architecture] There will be a time… future homes.

There will be a time when there will be a machine, itself larger than a section of a house, that will act like a self running factory.  This machine will extrude a house who’s walls and floors are made of a synthetic new material. Read more

[theory] Teetering towards fulfillment or ruin…

[theory] Teetering towards fulfillment or ruin…

I’m in the market to buy a new house and I’m looking all over Brooklyn to find the right combination of things that will protect my investment, yet the neighborhoods around where I live are very mixed, some are great and, expensive, Read more

[architecture] Building Brick Neighborhoods

[architecture] Building Brick Neighborhoods

Based on the previous post, lets look at what defines a neighborhood.  Certainly in most neighborhoods there is an implied center, perhaps a linear street filled with shops, that becomes the focus of people’s daily needs.   Read more

[theory] When to design contextually, when to make a statement.

[theory] When to design contextually, when to make a statement.

Below is an image of Volterra, Italy, one might call a typical Italian hill town.  Why take note?  It represents a unified composition.  When an artist makes a painting or sculpture, Read more

[theory] Communications and technology undermining the qualities of a unified whole.

[theory] Communications and technology undermining the qualities of a unified whole.

We’ve seen them, a few spectacular buildings sprinkled here and there like small buttons on a person’s outfit.  That is, sometimes the outfit itself is fantastic and the buttons are highlights in the whole, like Rome, Read more

[theory] Looks amazing, but is it responsible?

[theory] Looks amazing, but is it responsible?

There are a lot of amazing looking images of buildings out there in the world, shell structures, large glass structures, open spacious plans, but are they really legitimate?  While they might look cool, I’m frankly surprised by the attention they get because typically I can see through the smoke and realize how just inappropriate they are.   Why?   Read more