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
You may consider yourself an urban planner, but are you an urban scientist?
Many of us planners in our daily jobs are busy helping the public in creating, understanding, and implementing plans and ordinances, or otherwise, helping clients with development proposals. Fewer of us are actually “in the lab,” conducting experiments and testing hypotheses. [Read more…] about Are You an Urban Scientist?