Monthly Archives: July 2017

Op-Ed: Heart of Darkness

JUST CITY “As we sat over our vermouths he glorified the Company’s business, and by-and-by I expressed casually my surprise at him not going out there. He became very cool and collected all at once. “I am not such a …

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Op-Ed: Architects Obsess Over The Goose

SMALL CHANGE   Nabeel Hamdi introduces us to the humorous anecdote: “The law locks up the man or woman who steals the goose from the common. But leaves the greater felon loose who steals the common from the goose.” From …

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Op-Ed: Landscape Urbanism

To discuss the formation of Landscape Urbanism let us fist discuss the appropriation of the terms Ecology and Resilience by Urban Design; words that are brandished as a ‘correct’ form of environmental and social conduct – pitted against the autonomy …

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Op-Ed: What Is Urban Design?

Urban Design is a newly formed discipline, traversing the space between the more established fields of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Planning. It maintains an interstitial state, having been born of a need to bridge disciplines and render liveable our cities …

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Urban Futures: Foundations for a new theory

  Victor Hugo, when questioned about his book Notre-Dam by the king offered to give a tour of the city to explain the concept of the book. He proceeded to “read” the city to the king through the dominant architectural …

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Welcome: Planetary Planning Department (PPD)

THE PLANETARY PLANNING DEPARTMENT: Philosophy and Context       The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise and has got caught in his wings; …

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What we think when we think about climate

MANAGEMENT AND ENCOUNTERS ON THE FALL FROM UTOPIA   Urban Design operates in the interstitial state between architecture, landscape architecture and planning. Working between the aesthetic considerations of architectural objects and clairvoyance of planning, urban design forever aspires to the …

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