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May 20 was the Day of the Lucani, a completely made-up, sparsely-documented celebration for people whose ancestors can be traced to the lonely region of Basilicata, Italy. This roughly triangular province, called Lucania by ancient Greeks, is the instep of the boot of Italy, a mountainous, relatively arid landscape sandwiched between the Tyrrhenian and Ionian […]
Below are selected images from a talk I delivered at the New Zealand Planning Institute’s 2015 Conference. I’ve added a bit of description to give a sense of the flow of the talk. About a century separates the two Scientific American covers above. We’ve been talking about “smart” cities for a long time. Maybe not […]
My daughter is obsessed with designing houses, architecturally. I love it, but there’s room for logic of any kind improvement. Notes: Natural light? This architect is not a fan. Panic Room on an outside wall = security problem! Somewhat uneven distribution of Fire Escapes (and it’s a one-story house). Garage in the middle of the […]