Richard Economakis Seminar “Designing the Orders”

Using Chicago as an urban ‘classroom’, this course will review the most important aspects of the Orders, including the stories of their origin and development, symbolic associations, proportions and refinements, and applications. While stressing the poetical nature and purpose of the classical architecture, the course will sensitize participants to the formal nuances and subtleties of classical buildings, and the sophistication of their designs. Instruction will include morning powerpoint and blackboard presentations, followed by afternoon sketching tours to key sites in the Loop and North Side, and along Michigan Avenue Session 1: August 11th, 2012 9:00 am ~ noon. Catered Lunch:…

An ambitious classical town rises in Guatemala | Better! Cities & Towns Online

Inspiring at the Congress of the New Urbanism 20 was the presentation on Cayalá: not only did images convey the extraordinary architecture, we were also told that Guatemalans on the Paseo are beginning to live confidently again a civic participation of shared place.  More on this later. Images are beginning to proliferate; see, for example, the Flickr short set on the Paseo Cayalá by vialibreweb. From Better! Cities and Towns: Beyond its historic center, Guatemala City is an automobile-oriented, sprawling metropolis of 4 million people. Amid suburban gated communities, a new traditional, classically-inspired town named Cayalá is being built — to a…