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OWD #5: The evolution of urban utopias (guest episode from Caos Planejado)

Posted on July 10th, 2021

Alain was interviewed by our friend Anthony for a Brazilian urbanism blog called Caos Planejado, and we thought it would be fun to cross-post it here. They discussed Brazilian cities, municipal financing, what it was like to live in NYC in the time of Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses, how urban planners' thinking has evolved over the course of Alain's long career, and lots more.RSS 路 Apple Podcasts 路 Spotify 路 Overcast Alain was interviewed by our...

OWD #5: The evolution of urban utopias (guest episode from Caos Planejado)

Posted on July 10th, 2021

Alain was interviewed by our friend Anthony for a Brazilian urbanism blog called Caos Planejado, and we thought it would be fun to cross-post it here. They discussed Brazilian cities, municipal financing, what it was like to live in NYC in the time of Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses, how urban planners' thinking has evolved over the course of Alain's long career, and lots more.RSS 路 Apple Podcasts 路 Spotify 路 Overcast Alain was interviewed by our...

What are startup cities for?

Posted on July 2nd, 2021

While the startup cities industry is still small, it is already quite heterogeneous. Each project has its own distinct set of goals, motivations, and scope. However, this diversity isn鈥檛 fully captured by the vocabulary we use right now. To help myself create a mental map of the industry, I鈥檝e grouped these motivations into 5 categories. I鈥檝e also included examples of places that personify each motivation. (Some of those examples wouldn鈥檛 sel...

Greater Los Angeles clipping

Posted on September 16th, 2019

I got back from Los Angeles last night and my head is still spinning. I鈥檇 move there again in a heartbeat. There are three great cities in the United States: there鈥檚 Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York 鈥 in that order. I love Boston; I even love Denver; I like Miami; I think Washington DC is habitable; but Los Angeles is Los Angeles. You can鈥檛 compare it to Paris, or to London, or to Rome, or to Shanghai. You can interestingly contrast it to...

Zonificaci贸n norteamericana vs japonesa

Posted on November 29th, 2018

This is a Spanish translation of notes from about a year ago. You can find the original in English here. Estas notas provienen de leer dos publicaciones del blog fant谩stico Urban Kchoze:Urban kchoze: Japanese zoning (aqu铆 est谩 la copia anotada)Urban kchoze: Euclidian zoning (aqu铆 est谩 la copia anotada) El sistema japon茅s es inclusivo, distinto al sistema americano que es exclusivo. La forma t铆pica de zonificaci贸n en America se llama zonificac...

Ekistic lexicon: call for proposals

Posted on September 12th, 2018

In a recent conversation, Sebasti谩n pointed out that there is a dearth of words to talk about cities. I gestured to a building while walking around the Fillmore and said "That's some nice urbanism!", and he grumbled that that's equivalent to pointing to a shop and saying "That's some nice economics!". His point was that the word "urbanism" is overloaded, and he's right. We use it to describe everything in the lexical space: concrete physical...

North American vs Japanese zoning

Posted on May 30th, 2018

I originally published these notes in April of last year in one of my old blogs. These notes come from reading two blog posts from the wonderful Urban Kchoze blog:Urban kchoze: Japanese zoning (here is the annotated and cached copy)Urban kchoze: euclidian zoning (here is the annotated and cached copy)The Japanese system is inclusionary, as contrasted to the exclusionary system common here in the US. The typical zoning form in America is calle...

Japanese street networks

Posted on May 22nd, 2018

I originally published this in May of last year in Idea Collector, one of my old blogs. Epistemic status: This is a quick write up of my personal experience wandering Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo last May. I'd be curious to learn how it compares to objective measures, models, others' experience, and so on! Epistemic effort: I noted my impressions in bullet-point form while wandering around the cities, then when I returned from the trip I spent ~1h ...

Continuous urbanization in Japan

Posted on May 21st, 2018

I originally published this in May of last year in Idea Collector, one of my old blogs. Epistemic status: This is a quick write up of my personal experience wandering Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo last May. I'd be curious to learn how it compares to objective measures, models, others' experience, and so on! Epistemic effort: I noted my impressions in bullet-point form while wandering around the cities, then when I returned from the trip I spent ~1h ...