Thursday, 24 October 2013

Polyport 1

Polyport has began. 15 schools of architecture in Rome, 2 days of harbours. For us, one year of work on the harbour of Callao, Lima, Peru. Upcycling, local markets, flexible housing and streets.
Students ready to present!
Well done Shea, Sandra, Tom, Martin, JB and Matthew.

Michelle will have the pictures when we are back.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

New streets old streets

Rome's fabric is full of surprises. One street one building, and one street one building that once was. This is Testaccio. Tevere 100 meters away.

Getting ready for Polyport!

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Why streets should have trees

This is a very clear study on the basic function of urban trees

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Walking in skinny streets

Jeff Speck on cars and walking. How density, city living and walking can improve our health and economies.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Street Sections Kilkenny

A greatly productive day in Waterford with Miriam Fitzpatrick and a good group of students. One more city, Kilkenny, analysed by its street sections. Soon I will be uploading the students' work on the website. Thanks Miriam and students!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

The highrise

No street. No ground. Just rise. An illustrative history of the high rise in four video chapters by the New York Times.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Building age map of the Netherlands

Fantastic map of the Netherlands by Bert Spaan. Each building has a color code showing its age. The differences between cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam are evident and clearer than ever.,4.331,13

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Pittsburgh downtown

Simple tranaformations may allow an array of new uses of city centres.

In the case of Pittsburgh :

'Transforming downtown into a neighborhood means making it more inclusive for families and others beyond just office workers.'

This may sound obvious, but at least asking the right questions is a way to start.