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Paleo Retiree writes: Walking around the hipster downtown neighborhood of the Lower East Side the other evening, I ran across a construction site. Here’s a pic of what’s going up: For context’s sake — and, where architecture and urbanism go, … Continue reading
epiminondas writes: There are a lot of theories about what happened to the great Library and Museum of Alexandria. In fact there are three main theories. But what is even more speculative are the fanciful ideas about what this library … Continue reading
Paleo Retiree writes: Calder Loth wants to know: Why are so many of our urban parking structures so damned ugly? Great passage: “These vapid works of naked engineering are little more than concrete shelving to store our vehicles, blaring the … Continue reading
epiminondas writes: I don’t know how much longer this will last, but at the moment it is the most interesting bookstore in the world.
Paleo Retiree writes: Today’s quote comes from the great American urbanist William H. Whyte: It is difficult to design a space that will not attract people – what is remarkable is how often this has been accomplished. Why do we … Continue reading
Paleo Retiree writes: Enjoy a beautiful collection of photos of narrow streets — and wonder, as I often do, why the U.S. doesn’t have many more attractive streets than it does. Crazy, utopian concept: A street shouldn’t be just a … Continue reading
Paleo Retiree writes: As I was scrolling through some pics I snapped during a trip the Question Lady and I took through the Midwest a few years ago, I was struck — for about the zillionth time — by the … Continue reading
Paleo Retiree writes: Which is the prison, which is the school? Shouldn’t the architecture be giving us more of a hint than it is? And why do we sentence children to spend many years of long days in buildings that … Continue reading
Paleo Retiree writes: “Whether we like buildings as pure formal objects is another matter, and not of primary significance. What is truly significant is whether architecture creates a place.” Link.