Let's Regulate For The Places We Want
July 11, 2022
Start by identifying patterns in your favourite places, and change your planning regulations to encourage it.
Engineers Should Not Design Streets
September 7, 2021
When engineers design streets, we end up with the "programmer art" of urbanism.
The Un-Environmental Review
August 30, 2021
We slap the word "environmental" onto a review process that has little to do with the protecting the environment.
How to fight those "Boxy Buildings"
April 12, 2021
We can return to a fine-grained development pattern if we want. It is just a matter of making of adjusting the rules to make it the easiest thing to build, and it will get built.
The Problem With Focusing On Affordable Rents
January 25, 2021
When we talk about the affordability of cities, let's not limit the conversation to rents. Mass renting is not a long term solution.
The Myth of the Template Store
August 26, 2020
Phooey to the chain store that will not touch your city if you will not let them build their suburban template. You are better off without them anyway.
The Scar of Modernity
June 1, 2020
The scar of modernity is the fear of change. Humanity's most difficult challenge will not be engineering some invention, but returning to building places that do not suck.
The Scar of Modern Architecture
March 30, 2020
'Picturesque', 'beautiful', and 'charming' are rarely words we use to describe modern architecture, instead preferring 'cool', 'state of the art', and 'innovative' - words describing something that disrupts rather than complements the surroundings
The Scar of Modern Urban Planning
February 3, 2020
Modern urban planning has scarred us. Change should be good. But, a century of bad change has taught us otherwise.