July 19, 2010

The original Modernists’ emblems of space-time

A remote branch of the Italian Futurist movement, known as the Tuscan Group (or Gruppo Toscano), no doubt surprised many when they won Mussolini’s endorsement for their Florence Santa Maria Novella railway station, that they had […]
July 17, 2010

Planners: don’t waste time with the plebs

It is not hard to shine at a planners’ convention. I have just returned from the The Healthy Cities Conference in Brisbane, where I learned planners have an agreed lexicon of ideals, toward which they all […]
July 16, 2010

Where is Dr. Behooving???

As well as dropping from the top to the bottom of B-grade, I acknowledge dropping my commitment to you, my dear rusted on readers. Take heart though, our mid life crises will come back to the […]
June 28, 2010

Postcard from Ravenna

On the same flat lands as Venice and Milan, Ravenna was the Western most capital of the Byzantine era, and remains a mecca for admirers of mosaics—such as myself. I hit town last week, jumped on […]
June 3, 2010

recuperating on the continent until July

Please pardon my absence for much of June. In the manner of Charles Cockerell, James "the Athenian" Stuart, Chris Wren and other grand tourists, I shall be in the Peloponnese and Tuscany, sketching, fattening, and regaining […]