Getting lost in the Barbican, or creative strolling

Getting lost in the Barbican, or creative strolling

  Recently my daughter was in London, so I asked her to go to an architectural landmark and take a selfie. I suggested the Gerkin.  As it happened she went to a play at the brutalist  Barbican.  She forgot to take the selfie, instead she called to complain that...

Take Jane’s Walk and tell your urban story

              In honor of urbanist Jane Jacob’s birthday (May 2), cities around the world  sponsor  “Jane’s Walk”.  The idea is to take a walk and tell a story about the community you live in. This year...

Jacobs still knows what’s best for city life

Why are the rich flocking back into cities all over the world? Convenience has a lot of appeal, specifically, the freedom to walk to a destination and avoid the tyranny of fighting for a parking space. It should come as no surprise that urban theorist Jane...

“Outraged” gave voice to architectural debate

Sixty years after British architectural critic Ian Nairn expressed “Outrage,”  that post WWII English cities had lost their identities to look-alike architecture, the debate continues — and  the BBC is asking citizens to report — was Nairn...