Tag Archives: architecture

“If you want to understand…”

For the Fourth of July, Maria Kalman’s sketchblog on Thomas Jefferson, a brilliant and flawed man. If you want to understand this country and its people and what it means to be optimistic and complex and tragic and wrong and courageous, you need to go to [Jefferson's] home in Virginia. Monticello. This does not absolve [...]

Undesigning the Emergency

Rough notes from Benjamin Bratton’s talk on design and terrorism at the 2009 ETech conference. In particular, he discusses the role of Twitter during the recent Mumbai terrorist attack. I wasn’t there to see the talk, but several folks were burbling about it on Twitter.

Walking through history at LAX

Rohit Khare peels back the layers at LAX’s Terminal Three. Like most things in Southern California, a human structure has to be driven, never walked. It reveals too many of the seams of history to savor things on foot.

Center for Livable Communities

I haven’t had a chance to dig into this site, but the American Institute of Architects is sponsoring research on livable communnities. The AIA defines those as offering: choices in housing, shopping, recreation, and job opportunities; transportation alternatives, interweaving spaces for pedestrians, bicycles, buses, trains, and cars; a variety of open spaces and places for [...]