Urban Design Exercises

You may have seen some of your friends and/or family pass an evening knitting, or you know someone who doodles … More

Canal Cities

When the term “Canal City” is mentioned the first city that comes to mind is Venice, Italy.  Canal cities exist though … More

Medieval Skyscrapers

During the 13th century, hundreds of years before the industrial revolution, and the successive construction of today’s skyscrapers, stone towers … More

Medieval New Towns

A number of years ago I discovered a book on medieval new towns titled, “Florentine New Towns: Urban Design in … More

Subminiature Cameras

In this entry I plan to deviate from my normal writings on urban settings and will be covering my small … More

The Urban Genome: Circulation

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

The Urban Genome: Fields

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

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, … More

Looking @ Shaker Heights

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