I was just in Chicago, one of my favorite cities, for the American Planning Association (APA)’s National Planning Conference. [Read more…] about APA Conference: Lessons from Chicago
These days, a lot of projects are crashing through the gates of community plans and dashing existing neighborhood character under the banners of smart growth or transit oriented development. [Read more…] about 10 Rules for Smarter Smart Growth
In the late 1800s, San Diego lost the race with Los Angeles to become the western terminus of a transcontinental railroad. [Read more…] about San Diego’s Railroad Deja Vu
There is no away
On some philosophical level, most of us recognize the truth in this adage which has gained traction in recent years. [Read more…] about The ravines of Port-au-Prince (part 2)
About a year and a half ago I left California to come to Texas. After spending over 25 years as an urban designer in the GoldenState, it was time to pack up and go. The writing was on the wall prior to my leaving in 2011. The end of Redevelopment to balance the State budget was the final blow. [Read more…] about Urban Design Centers and Healthier Communities
The ravines of Port-au-Prince represent for me a perfect distillation of adjectives about this city.
A coffee with an architect is a great way to spend an afternoon if feeling in the need for collecting creativity and a lot of interesting stories. [Read more…] about Coffee with an Architect: James Sandell
Have you ever heard of “urban sketching”? Essentially, it is the art of freehand drawing on location at cities where a sketcher lives and/or travels to. [Read more…] about Book Review: The Art of Urban Sketching
On February 4, 2013, a San Diego Superior Court judge rejected the City’s plans to vacate traffic from Balboa Park, its historic central urban park, by building a “bypass bridge” and parking garage. The plans were preparation for the City’s centennial celebration of the 1915 Panama California Exposition, which first brought the Park worldwide recognition and resulted in most of its historic structures. [Read more…] about The Balboa Park Plaza de Panama Centennial Project is Dead: So Now What?
Los Angeles is indeed a museums capital. As I shared in a previous article, there are hundreds of museums and art galleries in L.A. County. [Read more…] about Los Angeles as a Museums Capital: Part II