The Ballad of Port Grimaud: Doing It Right in St. Tropez Bay

The late British architect and urban designer, Gordon Cullen (1914–1994), developed the concept of townscape, an extension of the picturesque English landscape. A term first used in the 1880s within the context of unspoiled English towns, Cullen used it since the early 1950s to define the visual art of town planning.  Cullen maintained that townscape …

The Art of Making Books: The artisanship of 2K/DENMARK and Graphicom in producing my book, The Art of Classic Planning

© Nir Buras, December, 2018 According to the “craftsman cliché” a person who works with their hands is a laborer; one who works with their hands and their mind is an artisan; and one who works with their hands, their mind, and their heart is an artist.  Indeed, Webster 1828 defines artisan as “someone skilled …

The Art of Ambivalence Disguised as Pluralism: Charles Jencks, Landscape Architect, Designer, and Writer, Died on October 13th, 2019, Age 80.

©  Nir Buras Novemeber, 2019 Charles Jencks was one of my professors at UCLA in the 1980s. For me personally he was notable for his gentlemanly defense of a project I produced for his studio, a Postmodernist hamburger stand in the style of the Tail o’ the Pup hotdog stand in LA, a PoMo icon …

Three Futurist Urban Scenarios v. 01

© Nir Buras, December, 2018 Fantastic World by Robert McCall 2019-12-03T00:00:00  days  hours  minutes  secondsuntilClassic Planning Book Release The challenges of the 21st century have been forecast and are well known. In many ways we are already experiencing the future now. But predictions are hard to validate. A way around that is turning to slightly …

Not a “Manhattan of the Desert” but a Lesson in Sustainability for Manhattan

Shibam sits dramatically on a rocky ledge that rises out of the flood plain river bed of the Wadi Hadhramaut in Yemen. It is comprised of approximately 500 densely-knit, contiguous tower houses that run up to 82 feet high and are built on the remains of earlier towns out of traditional mud brick architecture, the …

Letter to a Bostonian

Writing my book on classic planning I revisited Boston. Walking around from the place I was staying on Boston Common, I found myself charmed by it. Looking more closely at Boston’s pre-World War II architecture with author James Stevens Curl, we concluded that Boston’s traditional architecture was exceedingly well-built and sustainable. Attending a lecture by …

Classic Planning Holism is a Basis for Megacity Strategy

Classic Planning is not only relevant in creating beauty and long-term urban value. Its core principles offer a strategy for a hitherto unapproachable task: military control of a megacity.  This blog  of mine was published on January 3, 2019 by the Mad Scientist Initiative at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), a marketplace of ideas …

Gratitude, What Next, and Competition

Perhaps more than any other year, 2018 has been a year of gratitude for me. Family members survived the California fire, my daughter and son in law are expecting, my lovely life partner has not gone totally bananas from my writing. For all these I am grateful, as well as for the inspiration, support, participation, …

Man Machine Rules

Man-Machine Rules are necessary if we want to survive as a species. This blog  of mine was published by the Mad Scientist Initiative at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), a marketplace of ideas in dialogue with academia, industry, and government. Focused on the Deep Future, 2035-2050, its broad spectrum of interests makes the group an …

World-wide Classic Planning Tour 2017

As you may already know, I have spent the last two years writing The Art of Classic Planning, and it will be published by Harvard University Press next year. It has received extensive support from esteemed colleagues, and it has received generous funding from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation in Chicago for a world-wide photo …