As Yogi Berra used to say, “it is déjà vu all over again,” or better yet, “when you come to the fork in the road, take it.” In its history, Los Angeles has come to the fork in the road and made some very poor choices.Continue Reading Swung on and Missed
This is the type of fabric that large block projects can’t seem to replicate.
In Part 1 of this series, we explored the context that made greenfield or exurban sites attractive for post-earthquake recovery in Haiti, as well as two examples of this strategy. Part 2 takes us to two examples of government-built housing, the informal settlement of Canaan, and draws some conclusions.
3 and 4) Zoranje
A good friend and colleague of mine, and a very talented architect, always insisted that with respect to social housing, ‘humanitarian design’, or whatever other term one cares to employ, we as designers should not experiment on people who have few alternatives.Continue Reading Promised Lands: 5 Examples of Housing Developments in Haiti (part 1 of 2)
There is no away
On some philosophical level, most of us recognize the truth in this adage which has gained traction in recent years.Continue Reading 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. Continue Reading Urban Design Centers and Healthier Communities
The ravines of Port-au-Prince represent for me a perfect distillation of adjectives about this city.
The Local Choice Produce Market is now open in the Pearl District, at the SE corner of NW 9th & Everett. A true labor of love – the owners, Don & Georganne Sader, live in the neighborhood only a few blocks away.Continue Reading Local Choice Produce Market Now Open in Pearl District
An arts & entertainment district is being proposed for San Diego’s downtown for the area North of Broadway, South of Ash Street, East of First Avenue, and West of Ninth Avenue. Continue Reading New Downtown San Diego Arts & Entertainment District Proposed