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 …

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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 …

Three Futurist Urban Scenarios

JANUARY 28, 2019  Originally  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 exceptional Community of Forecasters, among them those interested in urbanism. The challenges of the …

Havana International Study Tour and Charrette – March 10-15, 2019

Led by acclaimed Architect Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez, Study Tour participants will enjoy learning about the Architecture and Urban Evolution of the of Havana. Charrette participants will focus on El Vedado the most important 19th Century urban initiative that marked the birth of modern planning in Cuba.