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Many readers are familiar with the 8/80 urban planning meme. It’s a simple concept. Can an eight year old and an eighty year old each meet their daily needs on foot, possibly with the extension of a bicycle or a little public transport from time to time? Most North American communities fail this test. To … Continue reading 24 / 58

Obstacle Course

I was in Atlanta last month and was encouraged to poke around by the people who invited me. For my entire life the greater Atlanta metroplex has grown in population, geographic size, economic importance, and cultural relevance. As the locals like to remind everyone, Hartsfield-Jackson is the busiest airport in North America. Half the people I … Continue reading Obstacle Course

Nos Jours Heureux

Last year I was contacted by the curators of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. They wanted to feature some of my work in an upcoming exhibition. Nos Jours Heureux.  Our Happy Life. So here I am in Montreal. It’s nice to be asked. I was immediately tickled when I arrived at the museum and found … Continue reading Nos Jours Heureux

The Dry Line

These rock outcroppings in Central Park are quiet reminders that at one time – 18,000 years ago – there was over 2,000 feet of solid ice sitting on top of New York. That’s higher than any skyscraper. The stone was etched and polished by glaciers during the last Ice Age. Since so much of the … Continue reading The Dry Line

Peak Prosperity

This Saturday I gave a presentation on household food security at a Peak Prosperity event held this year in Sonoma County, California. This isn’t the first time I was asked to give this spiel for them and I was happy to return. There’s a general societal preoccupation with the Hollywood disaster movie version of disruption. … Continue reading Peak Prosperity