June 25, 2011

Who is caring for granny?

Architects are not known for their grace, shaping the world to suit themselves and people just like them. Few though can poo poo the need to design for an ageing society. Maybe they show grace on […]
June 25, 2011

Do you noodle?

Yesterday I rode with a friend to the Maxxi Museum in Rome, from our hotel near Termini station. In planning our route, we spoke of "noodling" on over to the Tiber River, then taking the cycle […]
June 22, 2011

Piazzas and bicycle transit

June 21, 2011

Walkable cities belong in the past

Simple preci: the medieval period gave us walkable cities. The twentieth century gave us drivable cities. Architects and planners holidaying in places like San Gimignano, in the 70s and 80s, saw an antidote to the whole world […]
June 21, 2011

Calcio Storico

  I had planned to take my students to see Brunelleschi’s Pazzi Chapel two days ago, but the whole of Santa Croce (the church in Florence to which that wonderful chapel has been conjoined) was closed for […]