Monthly Archives: January 2012

A trip in the wayback machine

The architecture is surprisingly forward-looking, even now. But the business model obviously had a fatal flaw. Continue reading

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Former favorite proposes London tower

“Plans to build a £1m “temple for atheists” among the international banks and medieval church spires of the City of London have sparked a clash between two of Britain’s most prominent non-believers.” Continue reading

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Poor urban design is America’s greatest public health threat

“The fundamental paradigm that nobody else matters but me is making us fundamentally unhealthy and unhappy,” he says. “This is a myth that has been foisted upon us by those that profit from this belief system.” Continue reading

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The Myth of Work-Life Balance

Work is not antithetical to life: it is an integral part of life. The whole idea of Convergence (as in Convergence Design) is predicated on this notion. Continue reading

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Totalitarian architecture

“As if by instinct, these uneducated slum denizens have accurately apprehended what so many architects have expended a huge intellectual effort to avoid apprehending: that Le Corbusier was the enemy of mankind.” Continue reading

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What does architecture have to do with childhood obesity?

We need to start designing our communities in ways that encourage walking and biking, so maybe that trip to the ice cream store can be calorie-neutral. Continue reading

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On the promiscuous use of “community”

“What I have said here is reducible to what ought by now to be a general law: that whereas abstraction conduces to abuse, its opposite makes love and care and health possible.” Continue reading

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The Cube Reconsidered

The alternative to a cubicle is not a private office. Most knowledge workers will never get a private office, because offices (and their furnishings) are substantially more expensive than cubicles. No, the realistic alternative to the cube farm is much worse. Continue reading

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What makes a healthy city?

“We realized we really needed to dig deeper into the human experience in cities. Most of that has been left to a strange amalgam of other practitioners—architects, environmental physiologists—but it really hasn’t found its way clearly into a framework of urban planning.” Continue reading

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Ecclesiastical sprawl repair

WIth links to an excellent article by Will Dowdy about architects exploring how suburban churches can better reflect the civic role of the church, even in a less-than-civic setting. Continue reading

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