Travel, as I have often said to my colleagues, is an excellent means to explore and understand architecture, especially if that has to do with regional values. Last year, after having missed many earlier opportunities to do so, I finally visited the sites of great architectural works of the Mughal Dynasty in India. For most people, the Taj Mahal is a household word. For me it had always been the fore-runner of an argument that mosques and mausoleums are not the same and hence their formal structures cannot share in the semiology employed by modern day designers of religious buildings in the light of Bob Venturi’s “decorated shed” paradigm. [Read more…] about A peek into the timeless past of Mughal architecture in India
Most millennials are actually changing jobs four times on average during their first decade out school according to a study released by LinkedIn. If this is true in architecture then there is a good chance young professionals move on before they see a completed project through. [Read more…] about Architecture: Patience, This Is Not the Tech Industry
The year 2016 marked the 500th anniversary of the publishing of Thomas More’s book Utopia. Much has been written about the idea of Utopia and Utopian societies, stretching all the way back to ancient times. Since Thomas More gifted us a detailed physical description of his “good place,” I thought it would be fun to walk-through his land, 500 years later, give some simple measurements and compare it to some real places today. [Read more…] about What makes a Utopia? – a review of Thomas More’s classic on its 500th anniversary
Let’s face it, 2016 wasn’t an easy year. So what can we do to better prepare ourselves for the next 12 months? Let’s start with personal development, namely figure out a better way to keep our New Year’s resolutions. Advice from experts to fine-tune goals to be more specific is great. Short-term goals are more achievable, sure. But even when we commit to keeping account of our progress and being patient with ourselves, still we bump into obstacles at every turn. [Read more…] about The Biology Behind Achieving Your New Year’s Goal
As we are now in the month of November, this is probably a good time to look ahead to 2017. Specifically, I would like to discuss some events that planners, architects, and landscape architects can look forward to in the new year. For those of you who follow my writing, you must know by now that I am a big fan of conferences. As I explained in Rest for the Weary Planner, I see conferences as opportunities to learn, grow, network, and be inspired and/or encouraged. I always return to work from conferences feeling refreshed and more prepared to take on the work that awaits me. In 2016, I was fortunate to be able to attend the APA California Planning Conference in Pasadena, CA. Without further ado, here are twelve conferences and meetings that may be of interest to those of us in the fields of planning, architecture, and landscape architecture: [Read more…] about Looking Ahead to 2017: Events for Planners
Ok, that will be the last Rolling Stones distorted allusion in this op-ed.
Please close your eyes and imagine with me the reality that developers experience in the building application process …. [Read more…] about Empathy for the Devel . . . oper (with apologies to the Rolling Stones)
The greatest challenge for anyone involved in planning for public use facilities and areas is in the factoring for the uncertainties of the future, short and long-term. We have all heard that “you don’t build the church for Easter Sunday.” We accept that there will be times when the design will not meet the capacities or timing or attraction for everyone at every time. [Read more…] about A Planner’s Opportunity – Gender Neutral Facilities
This infographic was created by Konstantin von der Schulenburg, an architect with the firm Cantrell & Crowley Architects & Interior Designers of Dublin Ireland. He regularly writes about issues relating to architecture and urban planning. The graphic explores and highlights the amazing evolution of urban planning dating back to the 1700s.
You know what’s one great thing about San Diego? In just 60 minutes, you can be far enough into the desert to completely disconnect for a day, a weekend, or even a week. No cell phone service, no running water and certainly no convenience stores – not even marked roads. [Read more…] about Why You Should Go Off Grid for a Weekend
A belated Happy New Year to you! I know that we are already in the middle of January, but perhaps some of us are still trying to figure out the resolutions or goals that we would like to accomplish this year. Well, if you would like some help or inspiration, here are some suggestions: [Read more…] about New Year’s Resolutions for Planners