Looking @ Cities

Greetings and welcome to Looking@Cities.  It’s my intent with this blog to share with you my knowledge on cities, towns,…

Baedeker City Plans

Throughout the 17th to 18th centuries, the Grand Tour was mainly reserved for academics or the elite. Around 1840 rail…

The Urban Genome: Circulation

Circulation  Highways, streets, roads, boulevards, avenues, alleys, the names and function may vary but their primary concern is to allow…

The Urban Genome: Fields

• Fields  In 1979 Steven K. Peterson published the seminal article titled “URBAN DESIGN TACTICS.”  In this article Peterson describes…

The Urban Genome: Edges

“… The edge of a city is a philosophical region, where city and natural landscape overlap, existing without choice or…

The Urban Genome: Approach

In the previous posting, The Urban Genome: The Rural Zone, I began a new series discussing what I call The Urban…

The Urban Genome: Rural Zone

“Urban design is a synthetic, inventive mapping of physical conditions which establishes whole areas of the city.  In other words,…

Looking @ Shaker Heights

Cities are fascinating places to study.  What we see at face value is actually built typically over time. A number…