|Re: community design -- and a book review||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: John M. Gear (catalystpacifier.com)|
|Date: Mon, 14 Nov 94 18:43 CST|
>Part of what Shedrick Coleman wrote: > If you have any true understanding of >what an architect does, you would realize that urban planning is vital to >the practice of architecture. Buildings are not designed in a vacuum and >any architect who ignores that premise will probably not be around long. > I wish I could agree, but the evidence before me suggests that architects who ignore that premise don't suffer in the slightest 'round here. They bloom and grow and get more subdivisions. Heavy sigh. On the bright side, if you want to read a *terrific* book, try "The Geography of Nowhere" by James Howard Kunstler. It may not tell people on this list too much but it's definately worth a space on your shelf and to lend to people to explain what you're doing and why. My only complaint is that after discussing how terribly educated we (avg. US citizen) are in terms of design and appreciation for good design, he failed to illustrate his book. As someone who does, indeed, suffer from having grown up in sterile boxes (and who inevitably found some inexplicable attraction to houses that were designed with human scale in mind, not auto scale) without any education in what makes good design, I sure could have used some pictures when he started throwing around basic design terms. But it's a .02 quibble in $20 of praise; it's a wonderful book. John Gear (catalyst [at] pacifier.com) Catalyst Consulting Services -- "Words that Work, Guaranteed" Vancouver, WA (206) 260-0066 voice/fax
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