Category Archives: Environment

Poggio alle Mura and Brunello

Castles, Stones and Glass Poggio alle Mura today means “Banfi” to most people.  Soaring majestically above 2,400 acres of vineyards in an estate encompassing 7,100 acres on an elevated benchland above the Fiume Orcia about one-half hour south of Montalcino (give or take a century … Continue reading

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“Do the Work” by Steven Pressfield – Book Review

“DO THE WORK!: Overcome Resistance and get out of your own way”, by Steven Pressfield (The Domino Project, Do You Zoom, Inc., New York, 2011, 98 pages, price?: cheap!) follows his wonderful book “The War of Art” by a few … Continue reading

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Venice – Campo San Canzian – Church and Campo are One!

Draped Like a Shawl Campo San Canzian in the eastern part of Sestiere Cannaregio, Venice, is draped like a shawl around the church dedicated to Santi Canziano, Canzio, e Canzionello, better known around Venice as San Canzian (thank you!).  The ancient surrounding island … Continue reading

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Walled In or Walled Out – A Community Planning Lesson from Venice

Many write about and speak to the glorious open views across the Venetian Lagoon, the extraordinary scenes down every canal and rio, the sunny expanses of campos surrounded by cafes and glorious architecture —The City of Light, The City of … Continue reading

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Venice – Water and Layers of Life

Acqua Alta Venice acqua alta (simply, “high water”) is a phenomenon known around the world and very much in the news in recent weeks.  The various environmental and human-affected parameters of acqua alta include lunar-driven tides, wind-driven water pushed into the Lagoon from the Mare … Continue reading

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File Drawer City

As we are encouraged to plan and execute our Escape From Cubicle Nation (The title of Pam Slim’s excellent, positive book and her blog at  http://www.escapefromcubiclenation.com/ – take a look when you’re done here!) on the one hand, we are now being directed and prepared by … Continue reading

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Ecological Principles for City Planning

In a time when real excesses of suburban development have in many cases greatly damaged both the natural environment and the health of the cities to which they attach, and while financial shenanigans make suburbanites vulnerable to schemes to “return … Continue reading

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