Sunday, December 26, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
There are five major ways in which the second era town is different from the first era town – five ways in which the second era town is deficient
FIRST The second-era town wrecks the landscape, both natural and man-made. The blurred distinction between countryside and town only demeans both. In many parts of California there is no longer countryside or town.
SECOND The second-era town devours resources – gasoline, land, air, infrastructure.
THIRD As the second-era town becomes more and more congested and as universal mobility chokes itself, people's time is consumed in terrible ways.
FOURTH Because it is built in such large chunks, the second-era town discriminates against everyone who is not in a ''market sector.'' The big world of Planned Unit Developments does not make odd little corners for people who find them congenial. It is by nature homogenizing and intolerant.
FIFTH Perhaps worst of all, the sanitized anti-urban world of the second era is a place of diminished experience and diminished insight for its inhabitants. …To experience the immediacy of the particular, one must walk without locks or security guards. The predictable and edited human encounters of the shopping mall, the office park and the condo rec-room are to daily life what Club Med is to travel.
Source Rebuilding by Daniel Solomon (1992 Princeton Architectural Press).
(Daniel Solomon, FAIA, is an author and architect with WRT|Solomon E.T.C. based in San Francisco. He is a co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism)
Monday, May 24, 2010
Longleaf – Downtown Longleaf –
Businesses of Downtown Longleaf – Town Ground
Frank Starkey – May 13,2010
We are about connecting people:
We believe that people connected are better than people separated;
We believe that a society of connected people is better than a society of separated individuals;
We believe that people connect . . .
…in myriad ways – formal to informal, over meals, over around issues, conversations, discussions, arguments, rallies, protests, parties, festivals…
…for many different reasons – faith, fun, family, friendship, work, politics, sex, learning, personal growth, celebration…
…across a range of scales – one-on-one, small groups, large groups, crowds…
…in different kinds of places – porches, sidewalks, street corners, cafes, public squares, pubs and restaurants, shops, libraries, meeting halls, studios, offices, schools…
…for different amounts of time – from a few seconds to a life time.
We believe people connect best in physical places. Virtual places like the internet play an important role, but are no replacement for face-to-face connections.
We believe that people know how to connect and do so naturally when given the opportunity, and the places in which to do it. People do not need to be told how to connect, but they do need places to do it, places that foster connecting in all these different dimensions.
We create places for people to connect.
Places of different size, shape, character, location, access, ownership, duration.
Quiet places, bustling places, natural settings, man-made spaces, small places, large places, intimate places, wide-open places, single-purpose places, multi-purpose places, convenient places, and far-off places.
We make sure each place we create fosters connection: its physical design, its environmental qualities, how it is accessed, and its legal status, maintenance, and governance.
Streets, plazas, squares, greens:
Playgrounds, ball courts, playing fields:
Pavilions, meeting halls, gazebos:
Benches and small seating groupings:
Events and activities:
Businesses and civic institutions: