Urban Lessons from Angkor Wat

What a perfect place to be on the 1st day of the second half of the Asia leg of the world tour. I came here for my soul and am leaving with an addition to the book. In terms of urbanism, what happened at Angkor was the same process that occurred in ancient Rome after …

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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 …

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 …