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May 13, 2004

New-Urb Elsewhere

Dear Friedrich --

Fun Web rumblings on the New Urbanism front.

* John Massengale (here) has dug up a report (here) about architecture news at Princeton University. On one side of campus, a swoopy, titanium-clad new Frank Gehry building is being erected. (Wouldn't you think Gehry could have come up with a new trick by now?) Meanwhile, on another side of campus, a gray-stone, collegiate-Gothic dorm complex in the style of Old Princeton by the brilliant New Classicist Dmitri Porphyrios is being built. So who's the real radical here?

* The ever-practical David Sucher has put up a posting that'll teach you at least half (and maybe more) of all you need to know about urbanism and suburbanism in less than 30 seconds, here.

* The excellent Witold Rybczynski 's review of a new Duany/Plater-Zyberk/Alminana book is a sleek and amusing sprint throught the crucial basics of American urbanism history (here). The book itself can be bought here.

* Larry Felton Johnson documents Cabbagetown, a pleasing Atlanta neighborhood, here. Larry's been blogging up a storm recently; it's been a special pleasure hanging out at his site.

* As everyone who's more in the know than I am has already pointed out, the great Jane Jacobs' new book, "Dark Age Ahead," is now on sale. It can be ordered here.

* I've read it before and I'll read it again: Roger Scruton's long essay for City Journal entitled "After Modernism" (here) is, IMHO, one of the greats. A headful of energized thoughts is a guaranteed minimum result of reading this amazing piece; a complete brain-reorientation is a distinct possibility.



posted by Michael at May 13, 2004


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