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Lucknow, India: A City With a Glorious Past

The royal family of Oudh (1722-1858) were the historically-rich and powerful rulers of their north-Indian state. The Nawabs of Oudh were generous patrons of art, poetry and music. Their royal treasury paid stipends and pensions to dancers, musicians and poets. Public poetry readings were held at the expense of nawabs, where poets from all over the India were invited. These free poetry readings […]

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Urban Design: A literature review

Whilst a grad student, I learned that the opinions on what urban design is, vary greatly between planners, architects, and landscape architects. It’s only fair to admit that most urban designers in the United States today are trained as architects. Some of them might argue that urban design is essentially a large-scale architectural exercise, where […]

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Alice Munro Wins 2013 Noble Prize for Literature

The genesis of plaNYourCity was when some planners started to ask around for books of fiction that portrayed a distinct sense of place, particularly a city. Some of the first titles to surface were Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of Vanities which describes the racial tensions and environment of 1980’s New York, and Erik Larson’s The Devil in […]

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Arsenal

So I recently discovered by way of the Guggenheim that there is going to be a new book published by Actar entitled, The Arsenal of Exclusion and Inclusion, out next spring (2014) on the subtle tactics and tools humans have used to shape their territories. Often this means excluding unwanted residents and visitors. The authors […]

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Simon Garfield’s On the Map

Cartographers, like nature, abhor a vacuum and have traditionally filled the empty spaces on maps with large lettering, descriptive passages, drawings and/or certain labels that many of us may be familiar with, such as terra incognita (“unknown land”) or hic sunt dracones (“here be dragons”). However, as Simon Garfield tells us in his breezy romp […]

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Green Metropolis by David Owen

http://www.davidowen.net/ Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability.  That one sentence says it all. In 2004, David Owen wrote an article for The New Yorker called “Green Manhattan”.  His 2009 book, The Green Metropolis expands on that idea and shows how cities like New York with high population densities […]

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What does a library say about its community?

In a previous post I wrote about an upcoming book and event series that discusses open spaces and what the Occupy Wall Street Movement has taught us about the utilization of spaces during times of protest. Whether one agrees with the politics of the movement or not, there are many potential lessons learned from it. […]

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Santa Teresa: the fictional city of 2666

2666 is a massive 5-part novel written by Chilean author Roberto Bolano. It was published posthumously in 2004 by Bolano’s heirs, and translated from Spanish into English in 2008. This dark, and often violent mystery revolves around the fictitious north-Mexican border-town of Santa Teresa (thought to be Juarez, Mexico). As 2666’s multiple main characters haplessly run […]

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Beyond Zuccotti Park

New York City has these strange beasts called Privately Owned Public Spaces (or POPS) which were put to some significant tests for the first time in recent history during the Occupy Wall Street protests. Many planners were watching the protests to see if privately owned spaces, like Zuccotti Park, could truly operate as public spaces […]

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Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found – By Suketu Mehta

Mehta, raised in Jackson Heights, New York, goes back to the city of his birth, Bombay.  A megalopolis of 18 million people crammed on a promontory of 170 square miles, jutting into the Arabian sea. His account of a two-year stay in Bombay produced an intimate but clear-eyed portrait of the city.  He takes you to places where only a native-born son can tread. He introduces you […]

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