Category: Speculation

Month(s) in Review, June and July, 2016: Part 2, From abbey to Madonna

23 August, 2016 (09:00) | Abbeys, Apartments, cathedrals, Co-ops, company town, Employer-assisted, History, Jeddah, kayfabe, Month in review, New Lanark, Roman Empire, Speculation, Trimontium, Workforce housing | No comments

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Yesterday’s Part 1 of the two-month retrospective covered my ruminations about walled cities, some of which, like Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, eventually no longer needed their walls and burst their boundaries; some of the others built around medieval castles retreated into ever-smaller grounds, by the […]

Month(s) in Review, June and July, 2016: Part 1, From Jeddah to castle

22 August, 2016 (09:00) | Abbeys, Apartments, cathedrals, Co-ops, company town, Employer-assisted, History, Jeddah, kayfabe, Month in review, New Lanark, Roman Empire, Speculation, Trimontium, Workforce housing | No comments

By: David A. Smith   Beginning in June, I did something that I hadn’t done for over a decade – after having posted one installment every business day since mid-2005, I ended up skipping quite a few business days, the blog being a temporary casualty of a stretch of both intense AHI work and four […]

Tintypes from the time before zoning: Part 3, An idea to be returned to circulation

9 August, 2016 (09:00) | Airbnb, Cities, History, Library, Lighthouse, Live-work space, New York City, Rental, Speculation, Superintendent, US News, work-live housing, Zoning | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1]   In yesterday’s Part 2, on the evolution of urban work-live spaces such as a custodian’s apartments within a library, taking off from Cait Etherington’s light post in 6sqft (July 3, 2016),, we identified two forces that governed the […]

Tintypes from the time before zoning: Part 2, References in the archive

8 August, 2016 (09:00) | Airbnb, Cities, History, Library, Lighthouse, Live-work space, New York City, Rental, Speculation, Superintendent, Technology, Urbanization, US News, work-live housing, Zoning | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Being at the top floor of the north wing, this hall was not in any real sense a hall at all, but was more in the nature of a loft. The only window was at its far end, and opposite the door through […]

Tintypes from the time before: Part 1, The dusty stacks of memory

4 August, 2016 (10:47) | Airbnb, Cities, History, Housing, Library, Lighthouse, Live-work space, New York City, Rental, Speculation, Superintendent, US News, Zoning | No comments

By: David A. Smith Rottcodd, drawn by Mervyn Peake The Hall of the Bright Carvings, which ran along the top storey of the north wing, was presided over by the curator, Rottcodd, who, as no one ever visited the room, slept during most of his life in the hammock he had erected at the far […]