Monthly Archives: November 2008

Oakland: A parallel universe

Writers often dream up worlds that are very similar to our own but have fundamental differences that shine a light on what’s wrong with ours. Thomas More’s Utopia and Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels come to mind. But I had a chance … Continue reading

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Say goodbye to “wow” buildings?

The sputtering economy and markets might mean more than a shrinking 401(K) and a mortgage at odds with reality. This Foster design is planned for Moscow I’m not talking about hunger, job losses or increased poverty: I’m talking about plans … Continue reading

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AIA Seattle winners and juror comments online

Monday night’s AIA Awards were a departure from last year, when the jurors gave four of seven awards to posh private residences and lamented a lack of civic engagement among Seattle firms. Woodway Residence was the only single family winner … Continue reading

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Livability means a pedestrian scale

Frequently in my posts and in opinion pieces I suggest we should organize our thinking about growth as a city into three distinct domains: affordability, livability and sustainability. I am continuing to think through these domains and defining them in … Continue reading

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