Category: Configuration

The guru’s daydreams: Part 1, Inventing the future

29 July, 2014 (12:01) | Cities, Configuration, Density, Housing, Innovations, Markets, Speculation, Technology, urbanization, ViaTechnik | No comments

By: David A. Smith I dream of financial structures that never were, and hey … let’s underwrite ‘em When I was nineteen, and working as a bellhop at the Newagen Inn (which at the time was a spend-two-weeks .. sojourn), I made the conscious decision that whenever I was asked an earnest and honest question, […]

Nearer my God to thee

26 December, 2013 (09:00) | Building Codes, churches, Configuration, Housing, informality, Local issues, structural risks, trees, wood | 2 comments

By:David A. Smith   Something about houses speaks to primal instincts within people, especially men, for many of the great obsessive builders have been men, to which list we must add the otherwise personable and rational Horace Burgess of Crossville, Tennessee, whose quest for the heavens, one plank at a time, as reported in the […]

Month in Review, August, 2013: Part 2, Don’t you want a second pillar?

25 October, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, Broken Windows theory, Chelsea, Configuration, Farouk El-Baz, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovations, Michael McLaughlin, micro housing, Month in review, Public housing, Security |

[Previous Months in Reviews available here: Jul 13, Jun 13, May 13, Apl 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13,]     By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   If the poor are not universally saints, neither are those in government administration, and through 2013, I’ve been among those dismantling, in the […]

Month in Review, August, 2013: Part 1, A plumber with a pencil

24 October, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, Broken Windows theory, Chelsea, Configuration, Farouk El-Baz, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovations, Michael McLaughlin, micro housing, Month in review, Public housing, Security |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Jul 13, Jun 13, May 13, Apl 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13,]   By:David A. Smith   We had a beach but it got boiled away   During hot sultry August, I devoted as many parts as I’ve ever used in a single post to an eight-part […]

The family compound: Part 2, Expanding the family

23 September, 2013 (13:08) | ADU, Configuration, Families, Housing, Infill, informality, Los Angeles, TOD, Transit Oriented Development, Urbanization, US News, verticalityi, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday post using as source an interesting if oblivious Wall Street Journal (June 3, 2013) article showed that when a city is facing continuous immigration pressure, that city must go up (into high-rises, often condos) or infill (by increasing FAR of already-developed plots), because otherwise […]