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JERUSALEM: Sanctity of Jerusalem in Christianity

This is the second installment of the history of Jerusalem, the first part; Sanctity of Jerusalem in Judaism was posted earlier. The story of Jerusalem is closely tied to the history of the three western religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Originally Jerusalem was a small Canaanite settlement brought out of obscurity to the world stage […]

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Architecture of Love and Death (Part I)

This post is about funerary architecture of two different people in different times and places, ancient Egyptians and Muslim Mughals in India.  Both of these people built great pieces of architecture to their dead.  In Part 1  I will focus on the religious thought or absence of it behind these great pieces of architecture, i.e. Pyramids and Taj Mahal.  I believe the former […]

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The Eastern Tradition of Landscape Architecture: Part II

Eastern Landscape Architecture Tradition: Part II This is the second part of a two-part series about the varied landscape architectural traditions of the Middle East and the West and the impacts of their differing climates on design.  The first part analyzed the relationship that Western landscape architecture had with wet and cold climates. This second part […]

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The Divide Between Architecture and Landscape Architecture: Part I

The Western Tradition of Landscape Architecture: Recently, I came across Yale Professor and architect Joel Sander’s book, Ground Work. In it he discusses the divide between the architecture and landscape architecture. According to Sanders, “at least since the late nineteenth century, architecture and landscape architecture have been professionally segregated… more often than not, landscape architects are hired to […]

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Bosco Verticale: World’s Tallest Salad Platter

When I first looked at the renderings of Bosco Verticale, a residential building decked out with 900 trees including Oaks, and acres of shrubs, I was like “what! Are they serious?”  And apparently they are: the buildings are under construction and soon to be completed. Bosco Verticale, or Vertical Forest, is a twin tower residential development in […]

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Paradise as a Garden – Al-Hambra, Spain

In April of 2012, I was in Spain, driving through towns and cities.  It was a journey I was planning for some time, the list of places to see was long; from Toledo to Alcazar in Seville, from Cordoba to Al-Hambra, and from Valencia to the city of Gaudi, Barcelona.  However, Alhambra was one place […]

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Creative Little Garden – East Village, NY

Recently I was in the East Village and stumbled upon this beautiful little garden, tucked away between two five story buildings on East 6th Street (530 East 6 Street).  This little slice of paradise is aptly named Creative Little Garden.  The garden is planted with ornamental trees and shrubs with several small alcoves where people were sitting […]

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Château de Chenonceau, France

The Château de Chenonceau located outside Tours, France is probably one of the smallest of chateaus in France, but what it lacks in size it makes up in its beautiful location. It spans the River Cher in the Loire Valley. It was built in the early 15th century as a small manor house, and then was expanded […]

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Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

Know Your Food, Know Your Farmers USDA Map Since 2009, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has put a lot of funding towards local and regional food system infrastructure and support services. To show off their work, they have a nifty little map tool which identifies the type of program, description, and funding amount: http://www.usda.gov/maps/maps/kyfcompassmap.htm. While definitely not all-inclusive, […]

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The Urban Event Planner: Jackson Heights Garden Tour, June 9 & 10

The problem for the Urban Planner is that there is nothing really to do in your free time. At some point, even the most downtrodden urban decay neighborhood is explored, the latest coffee place with a twist discovered and the craziest gelato flavor tasted. Nothing left but boredom and New York summer lethargy… But wait! […]

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