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Winchester: Selverhull (work in progress)

  The regeneration of Winchester’s northeast quadrant has been a public concern for more than thirty years.  At WinchesterDeservesBetter, Wintonians are campaigning for the serviceability and identity of this venerable and beautiful city.  We have investigated two development alternatives to meet the public interest. The regeneration knits to the high-performing residential fabric to the immediate north and the High Street, develops an opportunity along a channeled brook for connection to regional water meadows, balances pedestrian access against vehicular demands, and resources precedent types promoting local identity and demographic diversity.

Solving for Pattern: What Urbanists Can Learn from Wendell Berry | Thriving Cities

Our images of the city contain many assumptions about its nature and its purpose. From places of innovation and cultural development, to sites of capital accumulation and resistance, or even the living sum of its people and their desires, these conceptions in practice decide who, or what, the city is for. However, the most damaging among them is perhaps the misguided vision of the city as an engineering problem—a view that drastically limits the moral and social dimensions of our communities. We need a new rendering of the city. Yet instead of a typical urbanist, it’s a Kentucky farmer that…

Death of a Righteous Man by Guy Sorman, City Journal November 10, 2015

Glucksmann was a leading voice of an emerging generation of thinkers, the New Philosophers. His writings not only renounced Marxism but also accused it of providing a theoretical foundation for some of the large-scale massacres of the twentieth century. Aron had always made this charge, though less forcefully. French classical liberals, alongside Aron, tended to be pessimistic, worried about the likelihood of the USSR’s eventual victory over democracy. But Glucksmann—similar to neoconservative Americans in this regard—believed Communism could be beaten with human rights, pitting morals against suffering. From then on, across a range of essays (including for City Journal, to…

Forum: A Vision for Civic Conservation Jenny Bevan

The images shown here are from a case study comparing Charleston’s unique urban and architectural patterns to those currently dominating Charleston’s larger planning applications. Two projects of equal footprints are compared: the upper image is based on proposed new “Texas donuts” or lined parking garages; the lower image is a Charleston-style block modeled on the district’s most successful existing fabric. Evaluation reveals that not only does the Charleston-style block accommodate the same number of bedrooms as the Texas donut (about 200), but it does so with buildings that are only two and three stories (compared to the donut’s six stories),…


Restauración integral de la Judería de Sevilla: Luis Fernando Gómez-Stern e Ignacio Medina y Fernández de Córdoba, Duque de Segorbe

Luis Fernando Gómez-Stern e Ignacio Medina y Fernández de Córdoba, XX Duque de Segorbe, son los ganadores del Premio Rafael Manzano de Arquitectura Clásica y Restauración de Monumentos 2013, obtenido por su labor de restauración integral del barrio de la antigua judería sevillana.!2013-luis-fernando-gmez-stern-e-ignacio/cs4r


Donald Gray: Premio Rafael Manzano Martos 2015

El Premio Internacional de Arquitectura Clásica y Restauración de Monumentos Rafael Manzano dotado con 50.000 euros, ya tiene ganador. El jurado formado por prestigiosos arquitectos nacionales e internacionales ha decidido que el Premio recaiga, este año, en el arquitecto australiano, nacionalizado español, y afincado en La Alpujarra, Donald Gray. Source: Donald Gray: Premio Rafael Manzano Martos 2015

CAA News | College Art Association » Blog Archive » The Role of Contextual Studies in Art School Education in Scotland | CAA

Since 1962–63, university level art and design education in the UK has included an “academic” element, which was originally referred to as the History of Art and Design and Complementary Studies and is now better known as Critical and Contextual Studies (CCS). This element was introduced to give “degree equivalence” to what was initially a quite technically focused diploma by providing context to studio practices and developing a broader range of skills in students. Topics taught under this rubric include histories of art and design, film and media histories, critical theory, aesthetics, and, more recently, curatorial and art writing practices….

New study suggests walkable cities don’t make people happier | Business Insider India

Happy cities are walkable cities, according to most urbanists.However, a new study from the University of Virginia finds that people who live in more walkable areas are healthier – but not happier – than people living in places dominated by cars.The findings undercut much of the research into well-being, which suggests that physical and emotional well-being are intimately related, like the finding that when we exercise, our brains release mood-boosting endorphins that block pain in the short term and protect against illness, like depression, in the long term. Shige Oishi, psychology professor at UVA and the study’s lead author, says…

The Backlash Against Glass Buildings in New York City | Commercial Observer

“You get all these architects talking about being green [and] building all-glass buildings, which I believe is the opposite of green,” Stephen Byrns, a partner at BKSK Architects, said. “I think you will see a lot of hypocrites in the architecture world nowadays, because it’s very fashionable to build all-glass buildings.”While the glass panels allow more natural light, which can replace electric bulbs, that same light heats up rooms during the summer, requiring more cooling. And the window walls are poorly insulated; during the winter they cause inflated heating bills. This all leads to further energy consumption, as spelled out…

REVIEW: Ken Greenberg’s Walking Home | Planetizen: The Urban Planning, Design, and Development Network

…. Greenberg describes how, intoxicated by the promise of unfettered automobility, planners and city dwellers alike embraced and internalized this latter vision of city-dwelling and accepted it as desirable, normal and permanent. However, as he stresses, this type of city can have no permanence in an era of energy scarcity, climate change and food insecurity. Greenberg’s account of the reactions against modernist planning (as pioneered by his mentor Jacobs in the 1960s) is integrated seamlessly with the narrative of his own educational and professional development as a young architect. His early work in Toronto as well as his long association with…