Tag Archives: Suburbs

Completing the City – Great Lessons from the Form of Venice

In one of his seminal works, “A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals” (Kostof, Spiro, Oxford University Press, New York, 1985), Spiro Kostof (+) addressed “The City Design at Large” (pp. 472-476). One emphasis was the work of the “Magistry of Waters”, a … Continue reading

Posted in Bauwerk, Planning & Urban Design, Recapitulation, Reformation, Renaissance, Renaissance Rules, San Marco, Venice Italy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Bauwerk, Environment, Lead On, Planning & Urban Design, Recapitulation, Reformation, Renaissance, Renaissance Rules, Venice Italy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Community and Opportunity

Over twenty-five centuries ago, the Greek philosopher Alcaeus accurately observed, “Not house finely roofed or the stones of walls well-builded, nor canals and dockyards, make the city, but men able to use their opportunity.” The “slums and slurbs” to which we … Continue reading

Posted in Bauwerk, Lead On, Planning & Urban Design, Recapitulation, Reformation, Renaissance, Renaissance Rules, Zeitgeist | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

“Carpet Bombing” Again Threatens Cities

…and Suburbs are now also targets of opportunity, sometimes merely for existing despite the self-proclaimed “greater wisdom” of the urban planning gurus.  The “Carpet Bombing” I am addressing is a particularly invasive form of “redevelopment” or “urban renewal” or “economic … Continue reading

Posted in Bauwerk, Lead On, Planning & Urban Design, Recapitulation, Reformation, Renaissance, Renaissance Rules | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Community and Space – Introduction (Crafting Places Series)

(Welcome to new and returning readers!  This is the 2nd post in the “Crafting Places” series, which “kicked off” on October 4, 2010, with a “Preface” article introducing the series, accessed on line at http://wp.me/pVUDj-np and on the “Urban Design” sub-page “Crafting Spaces” of … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Bauwerk, Planning & Urban Design, Recapitulation, Reformation, Renaissance, Renaissance Rules | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

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

Posted in Bauwerk, Environment, Planning & Urban Design, Reformation, Renaissance, Zeitgeist | Tagged , , , , , ,

Landscape of Change

by Randy D. Bosch To fulfill needs and desires, mankind works to create a “Place” out of a portion of the natural landscape, or by altering what is perceived to be inferior or underperforming landscapes – whether natural, man-influenced or … Continue reading

Posted in Bauwerk, Planning & Urban Design, Recapitulation, Reformation, Renaissance, Renaissance Rules, Zeitgeist | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

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

Posted in Bauwerk, Environment, Planning & Urban Design, Recapitulation, Reformation, Renaissance, Renaissance Rules, Zeitgeist | Tagged , , ,