To Know Xian…

As the eastern terminus of the Silk Road, and a former capital of China, Xian has been settled since neolithic times. Its old name, Chang'an, means "Perpetual Peace." Chang'an was (re)built ca. 750 CE on a nine-square plan which was soon copied in Kyoto, Nara, and elsewhere. That seminal plan brought me to Xian. What …

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In Urbanism, Beijing means Trees

Some people in Beijing refer to the late 1800s as a "sad period," when European influence brought more pain than joy. But the worldwide post-Haussmannian touched Beijing too, in particular on the clearly boulevarded Beiheyan Road and its extension Zhengyi Road which roughly led from the old Zhengyangmen railway station (1901), now a railway museum …

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 …