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Politics and Religion at 11/4/2015 12:19 PM CST

Donald Trump, was here in the area where I live about 20 years ago; recently when he was here in his campaign for President he drew a crowd of 40,000 people. His proposal to build a wall along the TX/Mex border may relate to the KYMAK concept. I have been developing this concept since 1977; continuing to work out the details since I moved here in 1984, over 30 years ago with the full knowledge and assistance of the dominant city's Planning staff as well as the Mayor who showed Trump around town during his visit. You can see from the map

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one of the twelve Gateways is adjacent to Laredo, TX where Trump went to promote this grand idea early in his Campaign.We see that Donald Trump has been a boon to Architecture and I think will be the best Candidate for President Architects could ever have hoped for in the Cause of Architecture.Will this mix of politics and religion be a hindrance?

Comment on Article: Frank Lloyd Wright, High and Low - Architectural Record at 10/30/2015 12:20 PM CDT

BROADACRES is a linear city 2 miles wide either or both sides of the 528 ft. R/W. The pattern shown is the urban core at the County Seat. ThIs general pattern is used as it extends along the Freeway. Development beyond, in the surrounding landscape, follows Thomas Jefferson's 6 mile-square Township scheme with an urban core one mile square leaving open space around each core for agriculture and manufacturing. Tall buildings, "concentration in openness" advocated by most architects is not just an "obsession" of Wright. Cause

Forum Post: Re: Will Obama's High-Speed Rail Plan Work? at 6/25/2009 1:21 PM CDT This is another example of a politician playing architect. The idea is 100 years behind the times; if they were to play brain surgeon it would be less of a threat to public health (including mental health) and safety and welfare than it is when they assume the role of the architect. It continues the tradition of the helter-skelter haphazard growth of our National infrastructure. What would the value of good design be compared to that? Discussion Post: Revised Proposal at 6/12/2009 11:59 AM CDT Re: Site Plannning and Design - http://www.rri.wvu.edu/WebBook/McBride/section3.htmlConsidering that the AIA probably operates as an Association, they might not be able to accept payment as I had specified in Step 2, "Order of Business" previously - http://construction.com/community/forums.aspx?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3a36b55728-226b-4b0c-b600-f83f310ab795Forum%3a810b29c1-c332-44d2-a67d-1c3e81ce31ffDiscussion%3a807aa807-23d2-4a8c-b542-923b66236c79 . However, could they create a business entity for the purpose specified? Then, as KYMAK agent I would prefer an arrangement in the form of a Statutory Business Trust (Originally called a Massachusetts Trust since that is where it started during the founding of our Nation); it is a private contract – the three standard forms of business operate as agents of the State. This should be by a Federal Statute although they presently exist, as in Alabama, by State Law. The Mobile County Commission would be the Settlor Beneficiary, having one of two powers, either to Dissolve the Trust or to Appoint the Trustees; the power to Amend by mutual agreement with the Trustees might also be allowed. I understand that the County Probate Court might also either appoint the Trustees or Dissolve the Trust. Trustees would be five Banks. It follows that Architects and members of the AIA would serve as advisors to the Trustees, along with Civil Engineers and members of the ASCE and other Design and Construction professionals as well as members of the local Chamber of Commerce, and Financial Institutions. Therefore I offer these revisions: Step 2--------------------------------------------------------- AIA contract (details) Revised 6/25/09 Typed 3/4/09 Drafted 2/24/09 Order of Business To: County Commissioners When funding becomes available, I suggest the following order of business concerning my proposal for a contract with the American Institute of Architects to develop drawings for KYMAK agency. Also see - http://kymak.110mb.com/implementation.txt MEMO - AIA Contract (details) In exchange for KYMAK stock, County Commission pays into the KYMAK/AIA Business Trust (TBA) a reasonable or the full amount of money until arrangements for disbursal are made. No payment of funds by Trustees can be made without the consent of KYMAK agent, Douglas Boyd… Interested AIA members arrange meetings with KYMAK agent for discussion and critique, if not already done. County Commission arranges to meet with interested AIA members to discuss the matter and to select an Architect residing in the same District as the Commissioner. Payment of fixed costs of 34% of total funding is made to KYMAK agent from the AIA Business Trust if not already paid. Payment of retainer is made to chosen Architect & to Legal and Accounting by Trustees only after fixed cost are paid. Remainder is held in the Business Trust for other expenses & reserve. Retainers for other Consultants can be paid from this fund. Douglas Boyd, KYMAK agentSite Planning: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=site+planning&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=site+planning&gs_rfai=&emsg=NCSR&noj=1&ei=qkfQTNfFDcSblgewoJj9BQ Forum Post: Sale closed? at 5/19/2009 1:26 PM CDT As of May 7 while attending the Mobile County Commission all indications to me were that payment from the County Administrator to the President of the Local Chapter of The AIA had been made but I have not been informed of this exactly, yet. Sent to Mobile Co Commission 6/5/09 Re: http://kymak.110mb.com/KYMAK.txt . Greetings and salutations: If you have read my website, and it is there for everyone to read, I am telling the truth as I have been informed of it in the course of my formal studies in Architecture and the Problems of City Planning. This is for your information and I would not want you to take it personnally or to offend anyone. I recall a law in the Bible, Leviticus 19:17-18 and it is in the Spirit of "love thy neighbor" rather than a complaint or an accusation. It is for your information and the information of all concerned. Law inforcement nor any kind of force will be resorted to in my effort. However, I have mentioned the problem to such authorities for their information both privately and via my website. One Officer of the law said I would make an expert witness; he also knows about and admires Frank Lloyd Wright the great American architect with whom I worked as a student in 1958 and has encouraged me in this effort. If anyone is in doubt about what I say, he might be more credible and persuasive than I. There is blame enough to go around and everyone should admit it and move on. I have solved the problem of designing a city via Divine Providence after spending most if not all of my career in Architecture over the last 50 years in research; twenty years in pure research from 1957 to 1977 when I discovered what I call the KYMAK concept. The past thirty years I have spent consulting with Architects, Civil Engineers, City Planners and other Design professionals in working out the details - the past 25 years here in Mobile after leaving my home state of Texas to be near my Mother who lived nearby in her hometown in Mississippi. I am not going to accuse anyone or file a complaint or bring charges against anyone. I forgive even as I am forgiven. However, we as citizens have a duty to inform the proper authorities of criminal activity but that only as an Information rather than a Complaint. A long tradition may seem to justify maintaining the status quo; Thomas Jefferson noted the problem as architects do. I am looking forward to your full and enthusiastic cooperation. It is essential that the County Engineer be directed to began following KYMAK guidelines. Thanking you for your attention to this matter and wishing you well, Douglas Boyd, KYMAK agent - Cell Phone 2513276858 - Hours any time Monday through Thursday Forum Post: Re: Proposal at 4/14/2009 10:19 AM CDT The key to our success is a matter of simply following the law. Luck is only a factor when development is helter-skelter and haphazard as in the case of urban sprawl. "All successful men have agreed in one thing, — they were causationists. They believed that things went not by luck, but by law "... http://www.emersoncentral.com/power.htm The law requires orderly (aesthetic) and systematic (scientific) development of our cities; that in turn requires limits (city limits), i.e. " new centers of population " ... limitations are the artist's best friends. Where development has already exceeded these limits I imagine we can at least apply KYMAK guidelines as political boundaries to guide future development. I would not want to force it and hope no one else will - that would be unbecoming and unnecessary. It will unfold as a flower, easily an effortlessly, unless we are hindered by the opposition of the big city When County Commissioners assume the role of the architect they contribute to the disorderly development that invites big city intervention and they misdirect the County Engineer by intimidation - this is criminal http://www.legislature.state.al.us/CodeofAlabama/1975/13A-6-25.htm ; also, threatening behavior and unreasonable noise are common to disorderly development as in the case the common railroad grade crossing http://www.legislature.state.al.us/CodeofAlabama/1975/13A-11-7.htm as also noted on my website. http://kymak.110mb.com/KYMAKsiteselection.txt . Forum Post: Re: Proposal at 4/13/2009 10:52 AM CDT Presently, the Mobile Chapter...I discussed this with Ryan; I recognize your name, and know you are both in the same office. It could apply to any Chapter of the AIA and will in due time, I hope. That depends on the local County Commissioners elsewhere or Congress; I have been in touch with Congress about this since 1977. As I said, Mobile has already bought it and we are in the process of closing the sale. Contact the Commissioner of your District or The County Engineer, if you like. I have been in Mobile 25 years working on developing the idea with both Regional, County and City Planning officials and other members of the AIA. This breakthrough came as a result of the recent annexation controversy (last September) and a new Commissioner in my District. I have attended every meeting since November, at the Swearing in Ceremony. I am in Jackson County, Missouri now where I have been in contact with Regional, County and City staff and officials as well as the AIA for the past 32 years. I attended the Jackson County Legislature's meeting in Independence on the 6th and will be there again today at 2:30pm at their meeting, again in Independence. Discussion Post: Proposal at 4/6/2009 12:55 PM CDT AIA/Mobile County, Contract (TBA)Sale was made 1/22/09 - Now in process of Closing.Step1-------------------------------------------------------------- Proposal: AIA CONTRACT (TBA)Job description: Site Selection (KYMAK agency) Location:Mobile County, AlabamaAmount: $10M/10 years/200K population (SARPC = 300K = $15M) Estimated value = 0.1%/cost of construction or $50/person, or $50/acre or 50% or more of Savings and/or Benefits derived = $100/person estimate Distribution:Fixed Costs 34%=$340/yr/10/years 10% Tithes + 10% KYMAK agent + 5% Benefits + 9% Contingency Variable Costs 66%=$660K/yr/10 years 10% Architect One + Architect Two + Architect Three + 10% Legal and Accounting + 6% contingency + other expenses + Reserve 20% Notes: Savings & Benefits: (Present and Future) 1. Costs of Construction in Time + Materials + Machinery 2. Condemnation procedures eliminated or reduced (pay Royalties) 3. Social: Aesthetics reduce crime and mental illness: a. Public Health & Safety issues (Savings) b. Outdoor built environment issues (Benefits) KYMAK agent Box 534 Mobile, Alabama Step 2---------------------------------------------------------To: County Commissioners When funding becomes available, I suggest the following order of business concerning my proposal for a contract with the American Institute of Architects to develop drawings for KYMAK agency. Also see - http://kymak.110mb.com/implementation.txt AIA contract (details)Typed 3/4/09 Drafted 2/24/09MEMOAIA Contract (details)In exchange for KYMAK stock, County Commission pays into AIA Treasury a reasonable, or the full amount to be held in trust until arrangements for disbursal are made. No payment by AIA can be made without the consent of KYMAK agent, Douglas Boyd…AIA arranges meetings between members & KYMAK agent for discussion and critique.County Commission arranges to meet with AIA to discuss the matter and to select an Architect in the same District for each Commissioner.Payment of fixed costs of 34% is made to KYMAK agent out of AIA Treasury if not already paid.Payment of retainer is made to chosen Architect & to Legal and Accounting by AIA Treasurer.Remainder is held in trust for other expenses & reserve. Retainers for Design Consultants can be paid from this fund.Douglas BoydA CitizenNote - http://construction.com/community/forums.aspx?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3acdb57aeb-021e-4d5a-b012-1eb2dbec72b7Forum%3a3cb93a5e-2def-43d9-abad-111306705238Discussion%3a80b847aa-833e-47e2-a0e6-3524e17c66c5&plckCategoryCurrentPage=0 Forum Post: Architect versus Technogeeks. at 3/17/2009 1:40 PM CDT Try Yahoo - http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0geu7Mi9r9Jcv0ACrJXNyoA?p=Job+search+for+architect&y=Search&fr=yfp-t-815 or http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0geu4tO7b9JnK0AYkxXNyoA?p=Architect&y=Search&fr=yfp-t-815-s Note this - http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/architect and this - http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0geu5y_8L9JhBkAsadXNyoA?p=architect+-+define+the+word&y=Search&fr=yfp-t-815 The title "Doctor" may be used to refer to the MD, PhD, DD, JD, etc. so why not simply use the affix, "RA" or "BD" to distinguish Architects who have statutory authority to design buildings for public use? - http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0geu89m979JCCABCzlXNyoA?p=registered+architect%2C+ra&y=Search&fr=yfp-t-815 As a matter of ethics in architecture, the job must find the man, not the man the job - see here http://kymak.110mb.com/ethics.jpg or here http://kymak.110mb.com/background.html Discussion Post: Natural Architect? at 3/17/2009 12:58 PM CDT According to this - http://www.chaosastrology.net/freeastrologyreports.cfm?id=generate&month=3&day=22&year=1933&timehour=08&timemin=30&m=am&zone=6&place=Conroe&place2=Texas&longdeg=95&longmin=23&ew=W&latdeg=30&latmin=19&ns=N&name=douglas%20a.%20boyd - if you were born during the 30 minutes or so each month when the Moon is within a few degrees of the planet Saturn you are:Moon conjunct Saturn - A natural architect. The intuitive organizer, able to manage and control both feelings and situations to a degree of coming on shy and reserved. Can find it difficult to give of emotion and support. The greatest quality is a profound sense of responsibility. This seriousness, while perhaps not the life of the party, is dependable and others trust that judgment. A detached nature. ... Unembellished and to the point. Prefers the safety of 'staying put' over the risk of change. - http://www.chaosastrology.net/astrologer.cfm Forum Post: Re: Will your firm benefit... at 3/10/2009 1:11 PM CDT Architects could benefit if cities were designed according to the KYMAK concept. If transportation routes continue to grow helter-skelter, haphazard no one can benefit in the long run. Following KYMAK guidelines could involve Architects in site planning to the extent that every firm in the Country could be employed. But we must first convince our County Commissioners to let Architects take charge of the planning and coordination of roadways as provided by KYMAK. http://www.geocities.com/douglas36601//implementation.html http://www.geocities.com/douglas36601/comment.html Forum Post: Re: Case Law at 2/11/2009 11:05 AM CST With the case of Johnson v. State Board as a precedent a judge could hold you in contempt of court and find your remarks libelous. http://archrecord.construction.com/archrecord2/work/0611/johnson.asp First << 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 >> Last Forum Post: Re:economic downturn at 2/11/2009 10:50 AM CST Read books on professional ethics and social responsibility, eg. The Bible, The Fountainhead, my website where I say what architects need to do, etc,,, Forum Post: Re: how to design a bridge? at 2/9/2009 11:46 AM CST Try this - http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/bridge/meetarch.html http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/bridge/ Forum Post: Re: The title 'architect' at 1/29/2009 11:30 AM CST If you have completed the required education and training to qualify to take the exam, then the Court Decision is in your favor... http://archrecord.construction.com/archrecord2/work/0611/johnson.asp The real problem is with those who practice architecture without the necessary education and training whether they call themselves architects or not. So Statutory Law is always subject to Jurisprudence. By the way have you made your complaint to the AIA National Ethics Counsil? http://www.aia.org/about_ethics RA's must practice responsibly and ethically or risk losing their license. Discussion Post: U.S. Dept. of Architecture at 1/20/2009 11:22 AM CST RE: "DARE we HOPE? - http://archrecord.construction.com/community/editorial/archives/0901.asp - ON Saturday, December 13, the President-elect announced that Shaun Donovan, the 42-year-old commissioner of housing preservation and development in New York City, will be appointed the nation’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Again, the President-elect speaks: “Trained as an architect, Shaun understands housing down to how homes are designed, built, and wired,” he said. An architect with a cabinet-level position! According to his official biography, Donovan received both a B.A. in engineering and a master’s in public administration and architecture from Harvard, and he has worked as an architect. In his New York City position since March 2004, Donovan has been responsible for the largest housing plan in the country..."Yes, certainly, I do dare to hope so. I have long advocated that!! Since HUD is the closest thing we have to a Department of Architecture; I dare hope this will be manifested in the appointment of an architect as the new Secretary of HUD. I once suggested it be called HUDD, adding "Design" to the title. As an architect Shaun Donovan will better understand the laws that HUD is supposed to administer. For example:42USCode Urban Policy Section 4501 It is the policy of Congress to encourage the rational and orderly development of our cities, towns and rural areas ... Section 4502 (b) Existing and future programs must be inter-related and coordinated within a system of orderly development... (d)The Congress further declares that the national urban policy should - (6) Encourage planned communities. (8) increase coordination among Federal programs..._________________________________________Community Development Section 5301 (b) The Congress further finds and declares that the future welfare of the Nation and the well being of citizens depend on the establishment and maintenance of viable urban communities, and require (1) … new centers of population ... (c) The primary objective is ... (5) ...a better arrangement of residential, commercial, industrial, ...and other needed activity centers. _________________________________________This is what has concerned me most throughout my career in architecture. I find it is simply a matter of Architects exercising their prerogative in the problem of site selection. Leaving this important first step in the building process to the client or developer or politicians or anyone else has led to the helter-skelter, haphazard, disorderly development known as urban sprawl - due to a lack of intelligent design. Consider the KYMAK concept. The future of our Country and the liberty we love depends on architects who will accept that responsibility. This would change the way we build cities for good. At the local level, Mayors and County Commissioners assume the role of the Architect due in part to the lack of an Office of County Architect. The Commissioners direct and approve the work of the County Engineer. In the management process of planning, directing, coordinating, budgeting and accessing, the role of the architect is to plan and coordinate the building process - beginning with site selection especially in the location of roads. That is the key to orderly development and good urban design.http://www.geocities.com/douglas36601/KYMAKsiteselection.html Comment on: Dare We Hope? - Editorial - Architectural Record at 1/13/2009 1:03 PM CST I have long advocated that!! Since HUD is the closest thing we have to a Department of Architecture; I dare hope this will be manifested in the appointment of an architect as the new Secretary of HUD. I once suggested it be called HUDD, adding "Design" to the title. As an architect Shaun Donovan will better understand the laws that HUD is supposed to administer. For example: 42USCode Urban Policy Section 4501 It is the policy of Congress to encourage the rational and orderly development of our cities, towns and rural areas ... Section 4502 (b) Existing and future programs must be inter-related and coordinated within a system of orderly development... (d) Policy should... (6) Encourage planned communities. _________________________________________ Community Development Section 5301 (b) The Congress further finds and declares that the future welfare of the Nation and the well being of citizens depend on the establishment and maintenance of viable urban communities, and require (1) … new centers of population ... (c) The primary objective is ... (5) ...a better arrangement of residential, commercial, industrial, ...and other needed activity centers. _________________________________________ This is what has concerned me most throughout my career in architecture. Forum Post: Re: It should be simple enough to comprehend at 12/22/2008 12:05 PM CST Yes, it should be simple enough to comprehend but if you are not exercising your responsibility from the first step in the design of a building (site selection) then you have violated the conditions of your registration; as a matter of professional and ethical responsibility. I had to consider that at the time I made application for registration and became involved in research that consumed my entire career; but can you read my website and the case of Johnson v, State Board - http://archrecord.construction.com/archrecord2/work/0611/johnson.asp - and honestly say that we and others like us have dishonored the title "Architect"? How can you in good conscience remain silent when your client assumes the role of the architect and makes you out to be merely their obedient draftsman or engineer? That is the part that is apparently too difficult to understand. Ethics tend to go by the board when they interfere with making a living, don't they? I think in America we have had a higher standard to go by, namely liberty and justice for all ? Forum Post: Re: The title 'architect' at 10/30/2008 3:39 PM CDT Yes, after 8 to 10 years combined school and office training and as long as they are not designing buildings, competing commercially with licensed registered architects The court decision makes that clear - http://archrecord.construction.com/archrecord2/work/0611/johnson.asp . They do not hang out a shingle or advertise in the Yellow Pages; but they need not and must not hide their light under a bushel. It is in the best interest of society and the profession that they shine as brightly as possible... Forum Post: Federal or Feudal? at 10/7/2008 3:23 PM CDT Then you have the same basic form of government as we have in the United States; beware of anti-federalist feudalism. You must make and adopt a Comprehensive National Master Plan for the orderly growth and development of your cities. Thomas Jefferson, one of our founders was an architect who offered a township scheme of six-mile-square units which was intended to prevent urban sprawl and to assure the orderly growth of cities. This scheme was adopted by the Congress but was misunderstood and misapplied. Since early last century problems with urban sprawl in American cities have grown to a critical point now; anti-federalist big city feudalism has corrupted our system of government. Possibly you could get an idea of how to assure orderly and systematic development in your New Republic from my website starting with - http://www.geocities.com/douglas36601/KYMAK.html - Architects must get control of the building industry. We can discuss it further here if you like. The key to the future of Architecture is in intelligent control of site selection by Architects - that is the first step in the building process; If blind forces of money control site selcction, the consequence is urban sprawl - helter-skelter haphazard growth resulting in cities of confusion with the crime and corruption that follows. Comment on Blog Post: Texas Says Goodbye to Gustav, But Can We Dodge the Next Bullet? at 9/11/2008 1:16 PM CDT ..."we still need to re-examine how levees and waterways are engineered, better secure facilitates, improve island-to-mainland access and expand evacuation routes."... I think the problem is more a matter of Architecture than Engineering; architects have been lost in the shuffle, i.e., politicians assume the role of the architect, brush the architect aside and directing the work of the engineer themselves; as if anyone can do-it-yourself when it comes to building. When architects neglect the first step in the building process (site selection) leaving it to the client or builder to decide there can only be chaos and confusion from then on. Only architects by education and training know how to deal beneficently with Mother Nature; it can not be left to amateurs; but it is not their fault - how are they to know unless we tell them? Forum Post: Re: New Oleans Flood Solution at 8/27/2008 12:12 PM CDT If buildings are designed to fit the character of the site to avoid destruction of the beauty of the natural environment cut and fill would be minimal; only architects are trained to do that. The problems in New Orleans have resulted as a consequence. First << 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 >> Last Discussion Post: County Architect/Planning Code/Design of Cities at 3/16/2015 10:06 AM CDT The planning code has to do with building cities see - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk%3ASite_selection - for example, see - http://www.geocities.ws/douglas36601/memo.html - .I would like to discuss this at length with architects who are concerned with the problem of site selection, urban design and regional planning. One point that demands immediate attention is public funding of urban sprawl; this problem was greatly accelerated about 1965 in the rush to get federal funding with the formation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development while ignoring principles of good design and planning specified in the Law, i.e., the "Planning Code" - http://www.geocities.ws/douglas36601/KYMAKsiteselection.html -.Several States had Municipal and Regional Planning Codes from about 1931 but these were ignored for lack of a concept which only Architects could have done. However in that it was thus a legal matter (I observe that) Lawyers have come to dominate the planning profession with no idea of what constitutes good design and planning from an architects point of view; so they are defending the fake master plan many architects were impelled to draw. This can be undone if architects will only admit it. That is my plea here.That was Frank Lloyd Wright's plea, I am sure, when he said, "we have to tell them... the big boys who make the money" - http://www.aia.org/practicing/akr/AIAB090272 - .And, to be sure he did have a concept, although misundsrstood. Frank Lloyd Wright ... Excerpt from 1949 AIA Gold Medal acceptance speech (Listen) . Note:I would say it is not the wealth makers but the wealth takers, namely our beloved politicians who take it from us and distribute it to the politicians in our counties and cities to fund this problem, who by the way are our learned lawyers. AIA Gold Medal recipient, Thomas Jefferson said if more than 20% of our Congress were lawyers they would destroy us as a Nation. That is probably at the very root of the problem; it is they whom FLW might have said we need to tell the truth. Comment on: Taliesin Regains Accreditation | News | Architectural Record at 2/2/2015 10:15 AM CST I had occasion to meet and talk to Dean Sidy on the phone recently and am prompted to say here that what he is doing probably makes a good and proper transition or reconciliation to the "real world" of architecture in America and I see how it can bring about a broader understanding and appreciation for FLW. I found Victor to be open and attentive to my thoughts on this matter as well as to the KYMAK concept which I discovered by virtue of my own experience at Taliesin as an apprentice to FLW in 1958. Douglas Boyd... Comment on: When More Is Less - Architectural Record at 12/9/2014 10:16 AM CST Quoting from the editorial: “It also would mean the destruction of an exquisite small viewing garden, created by the great British landscape architect Russell Page, which Charles Birnbaum of the Cultural Landscape Foundation has called “a master class in restrained minimalism.” Too often in the fight for architectural preservation, significant landscapes are overlooked (the highly lauded redesign of the public spaces of Lincoln Center in New York, for example, included ruining the beautifully serene North Plaza by Dan Kiley that was integral to the original architecture).” Remembering Wright quoting Lao tzu: “As the reality of a building is the space within, so the reality of a city is the space between the buildings”.

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Architects versus Urban Planners at 11/17/2014 10:09 AM CST

Only architects know how to plan for the building process - yet for lack of a regional concept for building cities, architects have largely abandoned that power to urban planners who know little or nothing about the principles of building. Architects have excused themselves by pretending that urban planners are the experts. It reminds me of an article, "Architects Urged to Seize Power" May 16, 2007 By Charles Rosenblum.Architects will be able to regain the power of planning and designing cities once they understand a concept that satisfies State and Federal planning codes, i.e., a concept that is compatible with our unique system of government, "American Democracy" - which I have come to see to be a nationwide comprehensive plan to coordinate the process of building cities - Jefferson and Wright gave us a clue.

An office of County Architect is needed to enforce the Planning Code.You may know if you have seen the legend to Broadacre City that Frank LLoyd Wright listed an office of "County Architect" in order to carry out his concept for democratic cities. I did not see that until I had developed and championed the KYMAK concept for many years - I finally saw it only after I also came to understand the BAC concept. Then - that was about five years ago - I felt so bold as to announce that I was acting pro bono as "County Architect" to County Commissioners where I live and attend every public meeting, sitting with the County Engineers up front.

In Alabama where Dillon's Rule applies but because it is virtually ignored the Commissioners have assumed absolute power; however, where Counties have Home Rule as in another State (at the POB) I find the County is more open to consider the Concept. Dillon's rule will work but only if the State Legislature will assure that other elected officials of the County, especially the County Treasurer are fiscally or financially independent of the Commissioners. Absolute power causes the corruption that Thomas Jefferson saw to rest with County Commissioners in his day, hence to prevent this, Dillon's Rule became the order of the day and remains so in Alabama's State Constitution. So far, I am being practically or inadvertently or blissfully ignored because of probably unintentional if not willful ignorance (the "power of darkness") while everyone who knows what I am doing and can understand it with "rat-like perspicacity" goes around with their tail tucked between their legs, just as FLW noticed and rebuked Architects for in his Gold Medal acceptance speech - http://www.aia.org/practicing/akr/AIAB090272 - .

However surprisingly, I have found an ally in the Banking Industry who know a regional or nationwide comprehensive plan is needed; they are willing to trade stock with me if I can find just one County Commissioner or Mayor who can understand and agree to it (or maybe trust those who do). My stock will pay for an office of County Architect in every County Nationwide as well as essential buildings to get things started at the point of beginning (POB). As an alternative, the Bank can introduce the concept directly to developers when they borrow money. Developers are eager; this is in the works. Be prepared.The KYMAK concept of a comprehensive plan is applicable Nationwide. Excerpts from State and Federal Planning Codes are on my Site Selection page. Details and samples of implementation projects are on my Implementation page as followe:

Planning Code

-http://www.geocities.ws/douglas36601/KYMAKsiteselection.html Implementation

-http://www.geocities.ws/douglas36601/implementation.htmlCompute Coordinates

-http://www.geocities.ws/douglas36601/Formulas.html

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Architects and Civil Engineers once worked together as master city builders. Beginning early in the 20th Century, Urban Planning specialists have competed with architects. However, Urban Planners are only engaging in damage control. Without the architect's knowledge of good design and the principles of building, the urban planner can only repair the damage caused by the helter-skelter haphazard growth of cities that grow continuously without good design or defined limits. Politicians holding power and control have assumed the role of the architect and take for granted that continuous growth around a central core is the best way to go.

City Planners have turned a blind eye to master architect Frank Lloyd Wright's innovative machine-age linear Broadacre City concept.While admitting their own inability, this is what Planners, with an air of superiority, said of Wright,

"Technically speaking, Broadacres cannot be taken too seriously, certainly not as a replacement for the core of big cities. Mr. Wright's vision is oriented more toward suburban life, ... But planners should not expect too much of architectural city designs. The architects who fancy themselves planners have never evinced an equal concern with all elements of the big city. ... It will take a really creative planner not an architect to someday give us a complete and dynamic design for the future city." - On the contrary the modern linear streamlined Broadacre City, conceived about 1918 was and still is a genuine solution to the problems of planning for orderly development. Following parallel to the old land grant railroad corridors it eliminates dangerous and noisy railroad grade crossings. It has all the elements of urbanity to be found in the big centralized city except for the criminal element, the slums, the crowded conditions, the congested traffic, and the unreasonable noise. It expresses the highest ideals of American Democracy as defined by law (the will of the people). Only architects are educated to have the foresight needed to plan and design cities if they have not been co-opted by Urban Planners who are educated as specialist in damage control.

Forum Post: Re: Emerging architects who leave the profession. at 7/17/2014 9:59 AM CDT I would urge architects who need a job to consider being a small town code enforcer. Small towns in America have often grown and sprawled helter-skelter haphazard into big cities full of crime and confustion before they were able to afford an architect - this has been due to a lack of a concept for a comprehensive plan. With KYMAK to guide this can be done anywhere; but only architects can understand and develop and coordinate the process of building on these guidelines. I have encountered a problem in my location due to a lack of an architect, to wit: http://www.geocities.ws/douglas36601/MayorBPittman.htm Enforcement is to be by power of reason as only architects have the knowledge base for - rather than by intimidation as is the case with the uniformed. There should be a smooth transition, in a leisurely manner with safety first. I think if we (architects) were to wake up and take a good look at ourselves, as ourselves without trying to pass the buck without trying to blame other people for what really is our own shortcoming and our own lack of character we would be an example to the world that the world needs now. ...It's because of cowardice and political chicanery, because of the degradation to which we have fallen - as men". Frank Lloyd Wright - excerpt from 1949 AIA Gold Medal acceptance speech - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0851393527/qid=1121956116/sr=8-2/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i2_xgl14/102-3720574-6771318?v=glance&s=books&n=507846 Discussion Post: Taliesin School of Architecture at 1/2/2014 10:32 AM CST Re: Learning to be an architect http://archrecord.construction.com/news/daily/archives/070711wright.asp?plckFindCommentKey=CommentKey:a5996a44-d767-4032-b949-b4bc0a3f67cbFrank Lloyd Wright saw the academic method as a hindrance and advised us to, "unlearn it and learn to think for yourself." While he sought - with the founders: Jefferson et al - to avoid European influences in order to create a new Nation and an indigenous American Architecture compatible to our unique system of government, the Novue ordo secloum rather than continue to copy the Doric, Greek and Roman as in Europe, Olgivanna, his surviving ambitious European wife, thought otherwise and so we have this dilemma. Comment on: Taliesin Regains Accreditation | News | Architectural Record at 12/18/2013 11:29 AM CST In response to John A. Hewlett I would say, exactly! You are absolutely correct. However, it is well that the legacy of FLW is being promoted - as they say in marketing lingo, "there is no such thing as bad publicity". I reckon the honest inquirer will somehow find out what Wright was all about just by reading or listening to what he said and what he did, apart from what is said about him. "The Sidy phiosophy is in direct opposition to the Frank Lloyd Wright principle. Those new designs bordering on the 'Bauhaus' would not be acceptable to Mr. Wright. He would have already dismissed the present faculty and students for following this approach, which will eventually take down Taliesin as originally conceived. Mr Wright might have preferred to close the place. He certainly would never have allowed any Miesian form of building on the grounds of Taliesin."John A. Hewlett 5/31/2009 9:42 AM CDT 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 >> Last ----- Advertising ----- Recently Updated User Profiles ns5219139 12/19/2015 3:05 AM CST timberlake 2/14/2014 12:09 PM CST kashwin453 12/15/2015 6:06 AM CST Click for a FREE Project Lead from Dodge. Get Leads Now! Dodge Data & Analytics Publications: Architectural Record: ENR: GreenSource: Regional Publications: Sweets: Visit Dodge Data & Analytics terms of use | privacy notice | my account © 2015 Dodge Data & Analytics. All Rights Reserved douglas36601's page Recommend (10) User Image Location: Mobile, AL 36611 View Profile Report Abuse Home Public Messages Comments Photos Profile douglas36601's Comments Forum Post: Re: Greatest Living Architect at 6/15/2007 10:44 AM CDT I would say that the architect who understands and controls the first step in the building process (site selection) is great, regardless of building design. Those who neglect to do that are really only building designers, not truly architects. I abandoned my practice as I was about to seek registration in order to solve that problem, because I thought it would be irresponsible and unprofessional conduct not to. I have enjoyed the process and have the solution well in hand. Now, it is a matter of “Architects… seizing power” to implement it - http://archrecord.construction.com/news/daily/archives/070516power.asp . Douglas Boyd... Forum Post: Re: Greatest Living Engineer? at 6/15/2007 10:15 AM CDT Malcolm Wells was a Civil Engineer before becoming an architect. Architect, Santiago Calatrava is a Civil Engineer as well. Frank Lloyd Wright was a Civil Engineer; although home schooled in Architecture he completed the curriculum in Civil Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, leaving without taking a degree. First << 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 douglas36601's page Recommend (10) User Image Location: Mobile, AL 36611 View Profile Report Abuse Home Public Messages Comments Photos Profile douglas36601's Comments Comment on: Taliesin Regains Accreditation | News | Architectural Record at 7/27/2007 11:05 AM CDT I forgot to sign in before posting the above; I have no reason to be anonymous Forum Post: Re: go for tadao ando at 7/24/2007 11:54 AM CDT http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tadao_Ando ...Looks good to me. I notice he had no formal training as an architect. It appears he may have been influenced by architect Malcolm Wells' who originated the modern concept of underground houses. Comment on: Architects Urged to Seize Power | News | Architectural Record at 7/24/2007 11:34 AM CDT I am ready to discuss this matter with architects here in the discussion forum on this website, now. If anyone will, I'd be delighted. see - http://construction.com/community/forums.aspx?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3ab7f00117-ec93-40a4-92ed-519db7bb292eForum%3a8eb97108-739d-48c1-917c-85b375709d6cDiscussion%3a264f1fd2-e246-42cc-a22c-0a4489aebccf Forum Post: Greetings at 7/20/2007 10:55 AM CDT I'm glad you asked that question. I don't know about Nepal and your neighbors, India and China but I can tell you what I think we should do in America. Let me know when you get this message and we can discuss it from your point of view. I once had a friend from In dia who was with me in the Taliesin Fellowship. He is fifth in the photo I mentioned in my profile, standing behind me. Architects are supposed to coordinate the building process in every aspect, from site selection to finished building. Site Selection is the Big Problem in Architecture calling for an Elegant Solution - buildings should fit into an orderly and systematic plan for the entire city and region. A new Profession called City and Regional Planning, also known as Urban Planning arose early in the last century in an attempt to solve this problem - most of them work in the public sector. Yet the problem continues and is getting worse; current haphazard, helter-skelter development practice is about to destroy the Planet. I have found a solution which I present on my web site. Implementation is very simple. We can discuss it here, if you or anyone wants to. I'd be delighted. Forum Post: Re:Wright got a license at age 67 at 6/29/2007 10:20 AM CDT After over 40 years of practice, Wright, then a world renowned architect, was forced to get his license in Wisconsin in 1936 and then in New York in 1938 when he gained National Accreditation as well; but he felt insulted and was greatly distressed and displeased with petty bureaucracy in the process; he felt his creativity would be limited by this and it may well have been. Who knows? I recall very well that more restrictive licensing laws were not adopted in Texas until 1955 and that those who had a degree in Architecture, or a combination of eight years of school and office training before then were exempt from further examination for their professional practice, at least within Texas. Licensing presses everyone into the same mold. It makes you an agent of the State - sacrificing your individual sovereignty in some degree more than a private citizen. You lose some of your freedom and independence and therefore the intensity of your creativity. The question is, is your commercial practice worth it to you and to the cause of architecture? Forum Post: Re: Johnson v. State Board at 6/29/2007 9:47 AM CDT Are you saying that Johnson is still in violation and the Court was wrong in this case? http://archrecord.construction.com/archrecord2/work/0611/johnson.asp Specifically, the court held that the board's action was "far more restrictive than it needed to be in order to protect the interests which were the board's charge." Forum Post: Broadacre City at 6/27/2007 12:48 PM CDT I would say the city that considers the entire built environment, not just the skyline or a few select buildings would be the greatest. One such as Frank Lloyd Wright's concept, Broadacres would provide a model of the principles of building that would guide. I do not know where in the world that would be presently, but I can envision it in my mind as well as on paper. For example see - http://www.geocities.ws/douglas36601/summary.html Let's not forget all the problems caused by cities as built and weigh them according to a higher standard. As for history at least, I'll mention Boston and the influence of HH Richardson on transitions to Modern Building design. See - http://construction.com/community/forums.aspx?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3ab7f00117-ec93-40a4-92ed-519db7bb292eForum%3a008b8c98-909d-4213-89be-c9618c1a01caDiscussion%3afbcaf279-e06e-4f1d-a976-e03bfba31aed There remains to be found a transition to Modern Architecture in the sense of the total built environment on a city and regional scale, as long as traditional undemocratic old world central core feudal city castle pattern holds sway. Forum Post: Architects de jure or de facto at 6/27/2007 11:03 AM CDT Anyone who builds is practicing architecture. More dangerously, anyone who handles an engineer (civil, structural, or mechanical) or any other building and/or design professional is practicing architecture; or less dangerously, anyone who handles a carpenter, plumber or electrician, etc. is practicing architecture. Considering that the responsibility of architects should extend to the design of cities by way of their site selection prerogative and that registered architects build less than 10 percent of all building? Isn't it like straining at a gnat, to fuss about the title, Architect? Furthermore, until highly educated and trained Architects take responsibility for and correct all that is wrong with the design of cities then do they really deserve the title? They are only building designers. Let us make it clear what they are licensed to do, rather than idolize the title "Architect". Others in the building industry not so highly trained and educated do not think to advertise themselves as architects anyway; yet it is they in blissful ignorance as architects-de-facto who are causing all the damage. Those who are educated and trained as architects over a period of 8 to 10 years already know they cannot design and build buildings unless licensed and registered; so that if they call themselves Architects for any other reason why is that a problem? As long as buildings are built helter-skelter with no concern for the overall good design of cities as a whole, the general public will continue to hold the architectural profession in contempt; that is what concerns me. First << 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 >> Last ----- Advertising ----- Recently Updated User Profiles ns5219139 12/19/2015 3:05 AM CST timberlake 2/14/2014 12:09 PM CST kashwin453 12/15/2015 6:06 AM CST Click for a FREE Project Lead from Dodge. Get Leads Now! Dodge Data & Analytics Publications: Architectural Record: ENR: GreenSource: Regional Publications: Sweets: Visit Dodge Data & Analytics terms of use | privacy notice | my account © 2015 Dodge Data & Analytics. All Rights Reserved Comment on Photo: Plan for Mobile Region in Alabama at 11/16/2007 10:50 AM CST Background Map - http://alabamamaps.ua.edu/historicalmaps/alabama/after1920.html Main Author: United States Geological Survey Title/Description: State of Alabama Publication Info: Washington: United States Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, 1966 Date: 1966 Scale: 1:1,000,000 Original Source: Geological Survey of Alabama Comment on Photo: Plan for Mobile Region in Alabama at 11/16/2007 10:30 AM CST * Background is from a copy of a paper map by - http://www.gsa.state.al.us/ * The irregular line indicating the 1965 Master Plan is brown not orange. * Colors are with watercolor pen over a photo copy of a pencil sketch. Forum Post: Full spectrum at 11/2/2007 10:20 AM CDT I would recommend the full spectrum compact florescent light bulbs or tubes. The light they produce is like natural sunlight which is easier on the eyes - in fact they protect your eyesight and improve or maintain good vision. They also last longer than incandescent bulbs costing less in the long run. http://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=UTF-8&y=Search&p=full+spectrum+fluorescent+natural+lighting&SpellState=n-108045492_q-RQXXOq2telbH176zbRfIAQAAAA%40%40 Discussion Post: City and Regional Planning at 10/23/2007 11:30 AM CDT Ladies and Gentlemen:This topic is about Site Selection, the first step in the building process. How can architects assure orderly and systematic and the greenest development of the total built environment? I think I have an Elegant solution to this Big Problem - after devoting my entire career to finding and developing the concept. Feel free to use it at your discretion or offer your critique or comment or ask questions as you please. Here is a brief summary of my solution ( please open a new window for this web page) - http://kymak.110mb.com/summary.txt__________________________________________ The Problem Professional opinion on Planning Excerpts from learned professionals in the field of Urban Design and Planning including architects and consultants. 1. " Only rarely has environmental quality been considered at the scale of the whole city or region. The technical and political effort that will be required to control regional landscape quality and to think of humane conditions of existence at that reach of size has still to be made." (Encyclopedia Britannica, c.1976, p. 1061d, Urban Design - by Kevin Lynch) 2. "Much of what is being built these days would be described by planning professionals as well planned or even planned at all; but some kind of solemn official* approval has been given to virtually all in accordance with government regulations.” (APA Journal, Spring 1989, p 131) * "Specious authority" is the term used by the architect, F. Ll. Wright. 3. "What is needed is to show policy makers a new pattern that is superior to what is being followed now”; The consequences of current development planning are all around us: things will only get worse if something isn’t done soon." (Ibid. JAPA p. 135) 4. "Florida is a leader among about a dozen states that have acted to devise a system of managing growth by Compact Urban Development." (Zoning and Planning Law Handbook, 1989, p. 55, 58) 5. "Neither planners or developers plan America; bureaucrats and bankers do." (JAPA, Autumn 1990 , p.498) "the financial community follows a herd instinct, bankers will not finance new concepts; they depend on developers to initiate the projects and to assume the risks." (ibid. p.498-9). Developers and planners need each other as never before. (ibid. p. 499) 6. Planners (non-architect) tend to regard land use as an allocation of resources problem, parceling out land, for zoning purposes. Without much knowledge of its three-dimensional characteristics, or the nature of the building that may be placed on it in the future. The result is that most zoning ordinances and official land use plans produce stereotyped and unimaginative buildings. Land use would clearly be improved if it involved someone who understands three-dimensional design. URBAN DESIGN by Jonathan Barnett, c. 1977. p. 186. Architects are trained to design and build anything anywhere without destroying the site and the natural beauty of the environment.7. The planning profession has lost sight of the future and is abandoning its responsibility in the design of cities and oriented more toward social sciences and scientific method. Work of other professionals are not being properly coordinated. Andrew M. Isserman, Dare to Plan, TOWN PLANNING REVIEW, 1985, 56,4:483-91. (JAPA Autumn 1990, p. 502). Compare James S. Russell, AIA, Architectural Record, June1989 p. 79 - "Perhaps it is time to say no to commissions in which merely adequate architecture is the best that can be hoped for, and instead seek to promulgate a new vision of the livable city." 8. Frank Lloyd Wright..."I've been right about a good many things. That's the basis of my arrogance. And it has a basis - that's one thing I can say for my arrogance. We can save ourselves. We're smart. We nave a certain rat-like perspicacity. But we have the same courage; and that's what's the matter. I don't know of a more cowardly...well, I'm getting too deep in here now, and I can't swear - not tonight. But we are certainly a great brand of cowardice in America. We've let all our great opportunities to live a spiritual life with great interior strength and nobility of purpose in mind go by the board... If we're ever going to get anything better, if we're ever going to come by a more honorable expression of a civilization such as the world is entitled to from us... It isn't the fault of institutions. It isn't the fault of any class. It isn't the fault of the big boys that make the money and make the blunders and shove us over the brink we spoke of a minute ago. No. How would they learn better? ...How are they going to find out? They can only find out by your disapproval. They can only find out by your telling the truth, first to yourselves, and then out loud wherever you can get a chance to tell it." Excerpt from 1949 AIA Gold Medal acceptance speech. Also see - Ethics "While advice of this kind may terminate the designer's employment still it is their responsibility." Kevin Lynch in the book Site Planning9. Dark Age Ahead is a 2004 book by Jane Jacobs describing the decay of five key pillars in the US and Canada; this decay threatens to create a dark age unless the trends are reversed. Jacobs characterizes a dark age as a "mass amnesia" where even the memory of what was lost is lost. The pillars under threat are: community and family higher education science and technology taxes and government responsive to citizen's needs self-policing by the learned professions 10. Urban Planners - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_urban_planners11. Smart Growth Ethics - ecoethics.net/smartgrowth/index.htm - KYMAK comment: Members of the Planning Profession are in a catch-22 situation; while they seek to serve the public good they feel bound (by a paycheck) to serve the will of Politicians. On the other hand Politicians feel they have a mandate to do what they think best for their people (create jobs) during their term of office. Yet they ignore the law of orderly development, perhaps only because they are not competent to understand it. So, it cannot be implemented. Yet the law expresses the true will of the people. There is a conflict of interest that has created a vicious circle. Almost equal to that is the dilemma of the Planning Profession's ethical option which would be to find some other way to make a living but continue to work as citizen volunteers to execute the will of the people as expressed in the State Planning Code as they were supposed to be educated to do in the first place. This is a very demoralizing situation which affects the whole fabric and being of our Civilization. KYMAK demonstrates how to design cities in accordance with the Law to enable policy makers to do the will of the people in promoting economic growth and full employment which is what we all want, to have cities designed to assure the maximum opportunity to citizens for free and independent urban living. It can only be done if the policy makers can trust the professionals. Architects and Planners, as any other learned professional, must be trusted.12. 42USCode - uscode.house.gov/Urban Policy Section 4501 It is the policy of Congress to encourage the rational and orderly (see 13A-11-7) development of our cities, towns and rural areas... Section 4502 (b) Existing and future programs must be inter-related and coordinated within a system of orderly development... (d) Policy should... (6) Encourage planned communities. Community Development Section 5301 (b) The Congress further finds and declares that the future welfare of the Nation and the well being of citizens depend on the establishment and maintenance of viable urban communities, and require (1) … new centers of population ... (3) Streamlined planning. (c) The primary objective is ... (5) ...a better arrangement of residential, commercial, industrial, ...and other needed activity centers. 13. To be continued. __________________________________________ The SolutionKevin Lynch in the book Site Planning, which is required reading for architects seeking registration and license to practice, has an article on Site Selection, page 64 (ibid.) or see "site selection" in the index to the book. "It sometimes happens and should happen more often that the site is not yet selected before a designer is called in.... Although site selection and "best use" analysis are somewhat less common than the analysis of a given site for a given purpose, site designers always engage to some degree in both of these modes of thinking, or at least they should do so. That is, they must be prepared to advise a client that his chosen site is (mistaken or) inadequate for his purpose and that he must seek a new one... While advice of this kind may terminate the designer's employment still it is their responsibility." KYMAK Site Selectionsee - http://kymak.110mb.com/westernstates.jpg andhttp://kymak.110mb.com/easternstates.jpg compare http://kymak.110mb.com/southernregion.jpg http://kymak.110mb.com/mobileregion.jpg http://kymak.110mb.com/modelcity.jpg andhttp://kymak.110mb.com//municipalunit68.jpg Hint - The best place to begin might be with rapid transit http://www.et3.com/ in the major zone of development along the 5280 mile perimeter. At normal urban density a population of 300 million could be accommodated along a zone twelve miles wide each side of the 5328 mile perimeter (orange line on my drawings). At the density of Manhattan Island, over 7 billion could reside in this zone.Site Selection Service - http://construction.com/community/forums.aspx?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3acdb57aeb-021e-4d5a-b012-1eb2dbec72b7Forum%3a3cb93a5e-2def-43d9-abad-111306705238Discussion%3a80b847aa-833e-47e2-a0e6-3524e17c66c5Architects "are urged to seize power” - http://archrecord.construction.com/news/daily/archives/070516power.asp Forum Post: Pencil v. CAD at 10/5/2007 10:04 AM CDT “Conceptualizing should be done by free hand sketching.” I haven’t used the thin yellow tracing paper since I was in College nor was I ever much inclined to use it. From Wright at Taliesin and beyond, I practiced intently and learned to visualize the concept or building in my mind before putting it on paper. I haven’t used CAD but I imagine it would greatly facilitate the final design process; since FLW used a rational two dimensional "unit system" ( it seems Gropius took this in three dimensions in a more scientific more empirical "modular" system much to Wright's distress as with everything else Gropius did ). Apparently Wright got it from Owen Jones' propositions in the Grammar of Ornament. - http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/fnart/fa267/grammar/propositions.html I think the computer would make this easier and faster once the student learned how to use it intuitively. It seems such a hassle now to do this by hand with pencil and paper. However, in the some ways I also still favor pencil and paper. Comment on Blog Post: How Many More Bridges Have to Fail? at 8/31/2007 10:34 AM CDT This should be financed by Site Value Taxation at the State and Local level. It is not the fiscal responsibility of the Federal Government although tradition might make it seem so - that tradition is wrong. Forum Post: Re: How to Improve Architecture Schools at 8/24/2007 10:04 AM CDT I would advise that a Student of Architecture be given a universal knowledge base. For example a course in which members of the entire faculty of a University summarize what they know. One semester might allow for one or two hours of class time per Professor. Comment on: Searching for a Non-Architect... of the Capitol? | News | Architectural Record at 8/24/2007 9:26 AM CDT http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Architect_of_the_Capitol "The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is responsible to the United States Congress for the maintenance, operation, development, and preservation of the United States Capitol Complex, which includes"... Development might require building design which would also include Site Selection. Site Selection is where I draw the line. I would move everything, the whole seat of government closer to the center of population something that is long overdue. I maintain that it is irresponsible for Architects to neglect that issue any longer. Comment on: Searching for a Non-Architect... of the Capitol? | News | Architectural Record at 8/17/2007 10:00 AM CDT It is way past time for architects to go into politics as candidates for public office, as "public servants". Lobbying is unethical if not illegal in my opinion; the AIA is demonstrating personal interest and injured pride that borders on unprofessional conduct. And there are far more than 112,650 architects when you count those who qualified for registration but never did. We too have an interest in the reputation of the profession and the welfare of our society as much or more than those who would reserve the sacred name, "architect" only to building designers. That need not be the case considering this - http://archrecord.construction.com/archrecord2/work/0611/johnson.asp and this - http://construction.com/community/forums.aspx?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3a36f7e928-3bec-42cc-aec8-010265c63f4aForum%3a60782df0-ab4a-4eaa-9bab-73a925d477baDiscussion%3a2e8e5899-9530-430b-9e29-0c26cda02d98 . Does The AOC necessarily require a building designer? I think it is a maintenance job for code enforcement and property management. An engineer or realtor might be as able to handle that as is done in the building and grounds department of some cities even though code enforcement might be better done by one trained with the sensitivity of an architect. Congress is composed of about 80% lawyers and bankers. Is it any wonder they might disregard or disdain architects? Architect/Lawyer Thomas Jefferson said if Lawyers in Congress ever exceeded 20% of their number our Country would suffer for it. Note this: http://archrecord.construction.com/news/daily/archives/070516power.asp First << 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 >> Last Comment on Blog Post: All (Art) Roads Lead to... Architecture at 2/28/2008 10:03 AM CST Quote: "Evidence is accruing of a new trend in the art world: It appears to be getting harder and harder for serious collectors, gallery owners and artists to have conversations these days without the topic turning to … architecture." ... Comment: Architecture is supposed to be the Mother Art, but due to Science run amok for all these years that seems to have been forgotten - with archilects having become as it were "engineers" for the most part due no doubt to increasing demand from more and more unappreciative or "uncultured" clients willing to settle for plain vanilla buildings. I remember these propositions: http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/fnart/fa267/grammar/propositions.html The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones, published in London, 1856, pp. 5-8: Proposition 1 The Decorative Arts arise from, and should properly be attendant upon, Architecture. "Proposition 37 No improvement can take place in the Art of the present generation until all classes, Artists, Manufacturers, and the Public, are better educated in Art, and the existence of general principles is more fully recognized." Douglas... In the Cause of Architecture Comment on Photo: Plan for Mobile Region in Alabama at 1/29/2008 11:43 AM CST The image as I drew it over the backgroud map has become distorted. In my origial drawing the 12 mile units are square as shown in this drawing - http://www.geocities.com/douglas36601/modelcity.jpg Forum Post: Re: Site Selection at 1/28/2008 9:42 AM CST Yes, I know that leaving that decision to the client has become a tradition by default that is the easy way out of what has seemed to be an unsolved problem; but it is still the architect's responsibility as the first step in the building process, if the architect is to truly coordinate the entire building process. (see article on "site selection" in Kevin Lynch's, Site Planning book); neglect of this responsibility has been due to the extremely complex problem of city and regional planning called "urban sprawl" (helter-skelter, haphazard disorderly development); that has never been solved before. I realized that from what I had learned in the course of my education and training, didn't you? I am sure it is something architects have blocked out of their mind. However, I did not block it out or my mind; KYMAK is an innovative break through that is the product of my research over a period of 20 years. I have been trying to explain the concept in all my posts to the AR forum as well as on my website. It is a comprehensive city and regional master plan of development based on the cultural heritage and political system of the United States of America. The KYMAK system is very simple and is illustrated here: http://construction.com/community/personas.aspx?plckPersonaPage=PersonaRecentGalleryPhoto&plckUserId=536457&newspaperUserId=536457&plckPhotoID=216d64fc-4183-4b1f-9bf3-d18ab8228e14 http://kymak.110mb.com/ easternstates.jpg http://kymak.110mb.com/ /westernstates.jpg http://kymak.110mb.com/summary.txt I discovered the KYMAK concept in 1977 after 20 years of research and have developed it in detail since then in consultation with everyone concerned as well as other architects and planners in the public and private sector. I find architects understand it better than anyone else although it is difficult for them to admit it! For lack of an alternative, it has been easier to let individual clients decide or to let "the developers own sweet will" rule the day, not by the law of orderly development , which law expresses the will of all the People. The People rightly demand orderly and systematic development in municipal and regional planning. The lack of a streamlined comprehensive plan of orderly and systematic economic development has resulted in helter-skelter, haphazard growth of cities and through-out the whole landscape of America. My discovery is (don't you think?) the obvious remedy to this predicament and would be a beautifully coordinated stimulus to rapid economic growth. Such orderliness in the built environment is still desperately needed at this time in our Nation's history. KYMAK completely satisfies the law of orderly development. http://kymak.110mb.com/KYMAKsiteselection.txt I first became aware of the problem as a 4th year student of Architecture at Texas A&M in 1957. Oddly enough it is remarkable to me that this was a year after Ernest Langford, head of the Architecture Department at A&M and was Wright friendly, had retired and was succeeded by Edward Rominiec, a Harvard (Gropius) man who apparently disdained Wright. The change of philosophy, along with the apparently impossible problem of city planning we were given to solve, caused me to leave A&M and join Wright at Taliesin. Go to: http://construction.com/community/forums.aspx?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3ab7f00117-ec93-40a4-92ed-519db7bb292eForum%3a7557a256-b160-4f88-91b0-228a7023be4fDiscussion%3a7ce5bb79-af3f-4143-b86c-f8fba3dc5523&plckCurrentPage=0 Still , in the end as you point out "Either the project owner or developer does ..." select the site. The law requires this be done within a system of orderly development. Especially as a matter of aesthetics that is the part that has been missing - this is finally fulfilled by the KYAMK concept. Forum Post: For love or money? at 1/25/2008 10:43 AM CST It's not about the money. FLW's advice to the young person was that one not go into architecture to get a living except for the love of it and to be as true to it as to yourself or those you love. See the Future of Architecture , Lecture at the Chicago Art Institute . Be prepared to find some other way to make a living even if it is digging ditches. You will be happier if you get your pleasure out of your work, rather than money; so be content with food and clothing - having a roof over your head is a luxury. I can speak from experience. This has always been the plight of the Artist in a Society that scorns beauty. Comment on Blog Post: Port Authority Calling for Quiet at WTC Site at 1/23/2008 9:22 AM CST ..."construction deadline which is costing them $12,500 an hour." Apparently it's all about the time value of money; otherwise what is the big hurry? I do not know if I can be so bold without being rash I will comment on this issue on the discussion forum so if need be I can edit myself, if you will go to - http://construction.com/community/forums.aspx?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3a36f7e928-3bec-42cc-aec8-010265c63f4aForum%3a60782df0-ab4a-4eaa-9bab-73a925d477baDiscussion%3a189c49ca-b1c6-47ed-9910-0195bf14c110&plckCategoryCurrentPage=0 Discussion Post: Unreasonable noise at 1/23/2008 9:20 AM CST Subject: go to - http://newyork.construction.com/opinions/blogs/?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&newspaperUserId=4831782f-92f7-447e-897f-a44cf79ea9bb&plckPostId=Blog%3a4831782f-92f7-447e-897f-a44cf79ea9bbPost%3ad7c6b816-321f-48ed-824a-052140708d22&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest..."construction deadline which is costing them $12,500 an hour." Apparently it's all about the time value of money; otherwise what is the big hurry? Since I am not sure if I can be so bold without being rash I will comment on this issue here on the discussion forum so if need be I can edit myself. There seems to be a shortage of capital on this project. True capital is intelligence. http://www.geocities.com/douglas36601/pax.htmlI think this noise problem could have been prevented. The Law, if followed, will not allow His or Her and Majesty the Citizen to be treated with contempt. Making unreasonable noise is a crime punishable by law in every State in the Union.This is an example of the fallacy that money is capital. Money is a tool - a mindless force that must be guided by intelligence. Intelligence should be the controlling factor not money. Money is merely a measure of wealth used as a medium of exchange; it must not be allowed to be the controlling factor in economic production. That is a major flaw in our economic system! I must challenge that misleading and demonstrably dangerous assumption.Considering that the end of beauty is repose then it is reasonable to think that the beginning of beauty is peace and quiet. Therefore it should be a top priority for architects in the planning process to seek methods to maintain peace and quiet on the construction site in every possible way, if we will truly be the creators of beauty in our society. In any case that is the law - it is a shame to ignore it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disorderly_conduct"A typical statutory definition of disorderly conduct (in this case Indiana's) defines the offense in this way: A person who recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally: (2) makes unreasonable noise and continues to do so after being asked to stop"(to be continued) Discussion Post: Site Selection at 1/17/2008 12:59 PM CST What would architects be willing to pay for my KYMAK Site Selection Service? Would one tenth of one percent (0.1%, i.e. $1 per $1000) of the cost of construction be a fair price - payable as a part of the preliminary design process? I am willing to negotiate. How about a flat rate of five cents ($0.05) per square foot of building space? By a formula, I have expressed this as a value and benefit amounting to modest $50 per person (or in terms of site planning, $50 per acre). This is unique and innovative process of orderly (aesthetic) and systematic (scientific) development on a regional scale. Compared to current traditional helter-skelter haphazard growth of cities, how much would be saved in the cost of construction? That savings would be the true value of this service. How much is it worth to Architects and to the Cause of Architecture? Individual architects and their firms might accept my offer via a fund to be arranged perhaps by the AIA. As architects are trained to coordinate the building process - site selection being their prerogative and responsibility - you can understand the viability of the KYMAK concept. Site Sellection is the first step in the building process; architects should take the initiative. Those architects who in good faith wish to get things moving, to make it happen, to vouch for its viability and to express their bona fide interest can pay the first $50 or more into an institutional trust fund (to be arranged) - I am still in the business planning or market research stage of this enterprise. Paying the fifty dollars in escrow is only to demonstrate your faith in the feasibility of the idea. There are laws regulating sales and investments that must be followed which would as a matter of due course require the services of a CPA (Accountant) or a Lawyer. Nevertheless, your professional judgment can give an enterprising Venture Capitalist or Institutional investor a credible viewpoint of what my enterprise is worth. I should hope for a favorable response from venture capitalist will follow your endorsements - Civil Engineers and City Planners I know see the merits of and have vouched for and endorsed the idea already - http://construction.com/community/forums.aspx?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3a36b55728-226b-4b0c-b600-f83f310ab795Forum%3a810b29c1-c332-44d2-a67d-1c3e81ce31ffDiscussion%3a807aa807-23d2-4a8c-b542-923b66236c79 - It could be a financial success in promotional value, even without actual development, as that could lead to greater public interest and understanding of the concept. The institutional trust fund (to be arranged) I mentioned above would possibly be in a coalition of all design and building professionals, Landscape Architects, Civil Engineers, City Planners, General Contractors, Builders and others in the Building Industry, e.g., Realtors and Banks could be organized as "The American Institute of Architecture", i.e., the AIA+. http://construction.com/community/forums.aspx?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3ab7f00117-ec93-40a4-92ed-519db7bb292eForum%3a7557a256-b160-4f88-91b0-228a7023be4fDiscussion%3a7ce5bb79-af3f-4143-b86c-f8fba3dc5523&plckCurrentPage=0 Comment on Blog Post: Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York at 12/20/2007 12:55 PM CST Jane Jacob's husband was an architect. http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=Jane+Jacobs+husband+was+an+architect&fr=yfp-t-501&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8 My understanding of her Death and Life of Great American Cities was that she was responding to the senseless destruction of the old growth neighborhoods in the big cities by "Urban Renewal" programs of that era. I too think that was a shame and a great waste of resources and I am glad to say I had nothing to do with it. But it is futile and counterproductive to try to rebuild that, now. I particularly appreciate her Chapter on the complexity of designing a city. Architects need to pay careful attention also to her last book, Dark Ages Ahead, - http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0geu7CRs2pHNk8BkeFXNyoA?p=Jane+Jacobs+dark+ages&y=Search&fr=yfp-t-501&ei=UTF-8 - and began to police themselves in matters of professional responsibility, viz, as I keep trying to point out, in the matter of Site Selection toward intelligent City and Regional Planning. Forum Post: Broadacre City at 12/20/2007 12:01 PM CST I believe that is what Frank Lloyd Wright was trying to tell us 80 years ago. That is what I too have been trying to say and still do. Will they (Developers, etc.) ever learn? Are people just too citified and why? George Washington and Thomas Jefferson (as they said in their State of the Union addresses, etc.) and the other founders of our New Republic would certainly agree to your proposition. But it is not a matter of "New Urbanism"; it is more a matter of Organic Architecture in City & Regional Planning. It is way past time for Architects to review this matter and study it carefully and thoroughly and to learn to exercise their prerogative and responsibility in the matter of Site Selection and not assume that public sector planning agencies will take care of it - government agencies alone however necessary are simply not competent to do what can only be done in the Private Sector. To be responsible is to take the initiative; that takes a lot of courage and determination. I have reason to believe it is now a simple matter of implementing the means to orderly, systematic and streamlined development and that will soon be realized in the normal practice of Architecture, thanks to the AIA and Architectural Record for this website. Forum Post: Re: Do starchitects hinder or help sustainability? at 11/19/2007 10:01 AM CST Absolutely! But how can we pay them their just dues? Where do architects get the money to pay them? We are left to do their job ourselves for lack of funds. We were prepared by education and training to understand what every one involved in the building process does and to make sure they do it right. Our job is to coordinate the work of other design and building professionals not to do it ourselves as seemingly necessary and tempting as that may sometimes be. The financial community gets 50% more of less of the cost of construction over the life of the loan (or bond or stock issue) at whatever the interest rate is - from maybe 5% to 20%. Architects may get 10% more or less of the cost of construction. No wonder every one is working for (as if slaves to) the bank; they know nothing about the principles of building yet they are our major competition as de facto architects; they control over 90% of what is built, by default, independent of registered architects who sit silent and bewildered. That is why the building process is not properly coordinated; " cities grow helter-skelter haphazard (Life Magazine c. Dec. 1965)" and a beautiful building there is like the proverbial, " jewel in a swine's snout ". Frank Lloyd Wright said (c. 1949), they are " shoving us (architects) over the brink ... but it is not their fault ... how can they know unless we (architects) tell them! ". He mentioned (c. 1958) Henry George and William Lloyd Garrison as a means to that end. - http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=Henry+George+and+William+Lloyd+Garrison&fr=yfp-t-501&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8- intending to educate architects concerning the principles of his Broadacre concept of city planning for American Democracy. The general public had already expressed their will in the matter by the early 1930's via legislation that required orderly and systematic development. Architects in general could not deliver and resorted to faking it - they have yet to understand Wright's concept. Architecture on the City and Regional scale involves the following Planning, Design, Building and Management Professions: Design ________________________________________ Architects Civil Engineers Landscape Architects City Planners Geographers Geologist Facilitators _________________________________________ Realtors MBAs Banks Political Scientists Regional Planning Commission Area Councils of Government Construction _________________________________________ Civil Engineers U.S. Army Corps of Engineers For lack of understanding, County and Municipal Government officials (Commissioners, Mayors and Councils) have assumed the role of architect, co-opting all of the above, perpetuating old feudal city concepts from Europe as their preference. I would say this confusion of roles is causing what Smart Growth - http://ecoethics.net/smartgrowth/index.htm - means by, " the consequences of "stupid" growth (mindless growth, aimless growth, anarchic growth) are now becoming too apparent to ignore ". Also see, http://www.smartgrowth.org/about/default.asp?res=800 . FLW described the plan view of the big city as looking like the cross-section of a fibrous tumor. That has long been obvious to architects. It is time for architects to take charge of the building process and this can be done simply by controlling Site Selection by a streamlined, orderly and systematic plan on a city and regional scale of development. http://archrecord.construction.com/news/daily/archives/070516power.asp First << 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 >> Last Comment on: New museums: The good, the bad, and the horribly misguided | Critique | Architectural Record at 7/29/2008 12:16 PM CDT For further discussion of the issue concerning Creation versus Evolution please see topic in Emerging-architect Issues Forum, "Evolution or Architecture" - http://construction.com/community/forums.aspx?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3a36f7e928-3bec-42cc-aec8-010265c63f4aForum%3a60782df0-ab4a-4eaa-9bab-73a925d477baDiscussion%3a392abbd6-39a5-4767-9c79-2da5a254a741 Discussion Post: Evolution or Architecture at 7/23/2008 11:28 AM CDT Re: New museums: The good, the bad, and the horribly misguided June 2008 By Martin Filler - http://archrecord.construction.com/features/critique/0806critique-1.aspI believe the Comments on the Article merit further discussion. I expressed my opinion in one of the Comments which I would like to elaborate on and discuss with other architects who may be interested. This was my Comment, quote: " Just for the record, after having first read the opinions from Letters and online Comments but without reading the article itself (although I did review Martin Filler's work here - http://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=UTF-8&fr=yfp-t-501&p=martin+filler+architecture&rs=0&fr2=rs-top -), I am somewhere in between the opinions expressed. It appears that the author and most of the comments are at opposite extremes and mutually intolerant. If matter cannot be created or destroyed, the Universe has always existed but for the most part in ever changing forms. I suggest that the correct interpretation of the Biblical account in the Book of Genesis is that it is not a narrative about the creation of the Universe but a history of life on Earth and the constuction of Heaven on Earth – the verses describing the first few days is about a creative, manufactured work of Architecture. The last Book of the Bible, Revelation chapter 21, verse 10-16 describes the structure and predicts its restoration." I also added this comment, anonymously..."But at least he was honest about it:" 8/19/2008 2:07 PM CDT (excerpt from the article) MF:'...Here, then, is my highly opinionated, wholly arbitrary, glaringly incomplete, and gleefully polarizing list of the best and worst new museums of the preceding calendar year, in ascending order from the ridiculous to the sublime...' .If Matter has, then hasn't Intelligence has always existed. Using Space Age technology architects could make the Moon or Mars habitable as was only imagined in the past; it is a fact now - a reality to be reckoned with. Likewise, architects could restore the Earth to the paradise it was in the beginning. I think I can prove that without denying either the validity of the Bible or the laws of Nature. I am prepared to defend my position both historically and theologically if anyone cares to challenge it.http://www.geocities.com/douglas36601/KYMAK.html"We nave a certain rat-like perspicacity. But we have the same courage; and that's what's the matter." Frank Lloyd Wright - from 1949 AIA Gold Medal acceptance speech.http://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=UTF-8&y=Search&fr=yfp-t-501&p=Copernicus+and+Galileo&SpellState=n-101413982_q-fq4HBIYH2LFWMSuTohcNEgAAAA%40%40&fr2=sp-topUntil Copernicus and Galileo proved otherwise the Church accepted Aristotle's teachings as scientific fact - because it agreed with the Bible literally; the Heavens were "hard as a mirror" forming a crystal shell around the Earth 1500 miles high. Aristotle reported there were seven levels of concentric crystal spheres - http://bible.cc/job/37-18.htm ; http://bible.cc/revelation/4-6.htm ; http://bible.cc/exodus/24-10.htm ; http://museumvictoria.com.au/scidiscovery/scientists/aristotle.asp .Space elevator / sky hook- http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=space+elevator+sky+hook&fr=yfp-t-501&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8By the way, the Sun is not mentioned until after the Flood of Noah when the Earth was going around it - http://bible.cc/genesis/8-22.htm . A better translation is, "While the earth remains (in orbit around the Sun), Seedtime and harvest, And cold and heat, And summer and winter, And day and night Shall not cease." Originally, as after the Rsstoration there is no need for the Sun - http://biblecc.com/revelation/21-23.htm . Then the Earth was and is to be as Bucky Fuller likened it to a Space Ship.At the opening of the Taliesin Fellowship in 1933 Frank Lloyd Wright wrote, "Taliesin sees work itself where there is something growing and being in it as not only the salt and savor of existence but as the opportunity for bringing "Heaven" decently back to Earth where it really belongs." http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9269001 Here is something that I said on another topic that needs to be repeated and understood if Architects are ever to take charge of the building industry to fulfill our destiny: Re: Do starchitects hinder or help sustainability? posted at 11/19/2007 10:01 AM CST douglas36601 First post: 6/15/2007Last post: 7/23/2008Total posts: 27 Replying to:If we want society to realize that we are all part of an interconnected system of life, shouldn't our profession model that truly sustainable architecture is an interconnected process - inextricably interdependent on the many professionals in other fields - engineers, contractors, facilities managers, etc.? Can we call ourselves sustainable if we are not willing to "share the glory" and give visible credit to those who are just as responsible for great design? Posted by m_l_tucker Absolutely! But how can we pay them their just dues? Where do architects get the money to pay them? We are left to do their job ourselves for lack of funds. We were prepared by education and training to understand what every one involved in the building process does and to make sure they do it right. Our job is to coordinate the work of other design and building professionals not to do it ourselves as seemingly necessary and tempting as that may sometimes be. The financial community gets 50% more of less of the cost of construction over the life of the loan (or bond or stock issue) at whatever the interest rate is - from maybe 5% to 20%. Architects may get 10% more or less of the cost of construction. No wonder every one is working for (as if slaves to) the bank; they know nothing about the principles of building yet they are our major competition as de facto architects; they control over 90% of what is built, by default, independent of registered architects who sit silent and bewildered. That is why the building process is not properly coordinated; "cities grow helter-skelter haphazard (Life Magazine c. Dec. 1965)" and a beautiful building there is like the proverbial, "jewel in a swine's snout". Frank Lloyd Wright said (c. 1949), they are "shoving us (architects) over the brink ... but it is not their fault ... how can they know unless we (architects) tell them!". In The Living City c. 1958 he mentions Henry George and William Lloyd Garrison as a means to that end. - http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=Henry+George+and+William+Lloyd+Garrison&fr=yfp-t-501&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8 - intending to educate architects concerning the principles of his Broadacre concept of city planning for American Democracy. The general public had already expressed their will in the matter by the early 1930's via legislation that required orderly and systematic development. Architects in general could not deliver and resorted to faking it - they have yet to understand Wright's democratic concept of city planning.Architecture on the City and Regional scale involves the following Planning, Design, Building and Management Professions: Design ________________________________________ArchitectsCivil EngineersLandscape Architects City Planners Geographers Geologist Facilitators _________________________________________ Realtors MBAsBanksPolitical Scientists Regional Planning Commission Area Councils of Government Construction _________________________________________ Civil Engineers U.S. Army Corps of Engineers For lack of understanding, County and Municipal Government officials (Commissioners, Mayors and Councils) have assumed the role of architect, co-opting all of the above, perpetuating old feudal city concepts from Europe as their preference.I would say this confusion of roles is causing what Smart Growth - http://ecoethics.net/2008-ENVRE120/Index.htm - means by, "the consequences of "stupid" growth (mindless growth, aimless growth, anarchic growth) are now becoming too apparent to ignore". Also see, http://www.smartgrowth.org/about/default.asp?res=800 . FLW described the plan view of the big city as looking like the cross-section of a fibrous tumor. That has long been obvious to architects. It is time for architects to take charge of the building process and this can be done simply by controlling Site Selection by a streamlined, orderly and systematic plan on a city and regional scale of development.http://archrecord.construction.com/news/daily/archives/070516power.asp In the Cause of Architecture http://construction.com/community/forums.aspx?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3a78641425-5cc6-49bc-a6a7-b227883641eeForum%3aec5e5586-f5e4-4abb-b19b-d9f92a9843ffDiscussion%3a96205da8-66c5-476a-97cf-0f791247136f Also see - http://construction.com/community/forums.aspx?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3ab7f00117-ec93-40a4-92ed-519db7bb292eForum%3a7557a256-b160-4f88-91b0-228a7023be4fDiscussion%3a7ce5bb79-af3f-4143-b86c-f8fba3dc5523&plckCurrentPage=0 Comment on: New museums: The good, the bad, and the horribly misguided | Critique | Architectural Record at 7/18/2008 11:55 AM CDT If I may say so, just for the record, after having first read the following opinions from Letters and online Comments but without reading the article itself (although I did review Martin Filler's work here - http://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=UTF-8&fr=yfp-t-501&p=martin+filler+architecture&rs=0&fr2=rs-top -), let me say that I am somewhere in between the two opinions expressed – both of which I would say are at extremes and mutually intolerant. The Universe has always existed, eternally but in ever changing forms. I would say the correct interpretation of the Biblical account in the Book of Genesis is that this is a narrative about the creation of Heaven on Earth – the part described on the first couple of days was a creative, manufactured work of Architecture. The last Book of the Bible, Revelation chapter 21, verse 10-16 describes it and predicts its return. Douglas... Excerpts from Letters - http://archrecord.construction.com/community/letters/ Creation We are very offended by the Critique that Martin Filler wrote in the June issue of your magazine [page 51]. Filler blasted the Creation Museum, not because of design flaws, but because of its stand on God’s Word (as a side note, the Creation Museum has won awards because of its architectural design). You allowed this writer to express antireligious opinions in what is supposed to be an architectural magazine... Leilani and Robert Bruce Wautoma, Wis. I am an architect and long time reader of your magazine. I am responding to Martin Filler’s Critique in your June 2008 issue... ...my critique of his Critique has nothing to do with architecture. It has to do with the current liberal mindset to use a medium such as yours to demean another’s own personal beliefs. In this article, Filler...stating that if you believe in creation as a means to explain the universe’s origins, you are unscientific and mentally disturbed. I find Filler highly irresponsible to use his journalistic privilege to tout his own misguided beliefs. Even more disturbing, he never mentions anything about the actual architecture or any architecturally related comment as he did with each of the other seven museums. This is highly offensive to me as a Christian and staunch creationist as well as an embarrassment to architectural record... Lee Calisti, AIA Greensburg, Pa. Excerpts from online Comments- http://archrecord.construction.com/features/critique/0806critique-1.asp Anonymous wrote: Being a Christian, the fact that I wasted time reading the writer's drivel declares my low intelligence, unlike my religion… Good Day 6/11/2008 8:18 AM CDT Anonymous wrote: Astonishing. Mr. Filler has truly revealed his lack of knowledge … Our universe has been created by a Master Architect… 6/13/2008 1:28 PM CDT Forum Post: Re: Fix NCARB at 5/9/2008 9:34 AM CDT Have you seen this forum post on - The title 'architect' In: Emerging-architect Issues ? - http://construction.com/community/forums.aspx?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3a36f7e928-3bec-42cc-aec8-010265c63f4aForum%3a60782df0-ab4a-4eaa-9bab-73a925d477baDiscussion%3a2e8e5899-9530-430b-9e29-0c26cda02d98 I did not go past dealing with the State Board in Texas. After seeing how professional responsibility in coordinating the building process started with Site Selection I had to resolve that as an apparent conflict of interest before I could practice as an Architect with honesty and integrity. I had to make a career out of Site Selection for goodness sake! You may as well join me in that enterprise. The State Board director said he did not think too highly of Frank Lloyd Wright because Wright had only done about 700 buildings in his career of 70 years; so the illustrious training I gained from FLW turned out to be a kind of handicap for me. Apparently the Examiners want to press everyone into the Academic mold. However, my time at Taliesin gave me an insight into the huge problems of as well as the solution to architectural site selection that academia only gave me a hint of. The Architectural Licensing Examiners have conveniently overlooked the problems of site selection, letting it go so that it has become practically concealed. The matter of site selection is the reason Wright did so few buildings. He turned off or turned away many clients because of his very responsible and wise policy on site selection. I would say that dealing with a bureaucracy of any kind is never easy. If not done early on, it will likely become even more difficult later on. It is a test of our mettle at least, isn't it? Comment on Blog Post: Top 10 Quotes About Architecture at 5/8/2008 3:21 PM CDT Here is a link I overlooked to add to my previous comment about the Philip Johnson quote and where he probably got the idea - http://www.geocities.com/douglas36601/ethics.jpg Discussion Post: Blog/Comment at 4/25/2008 10:38 AM CDT Due to an internet filter on the computer I am using, two words were blocked in my comment on this blog - http://archrecord.construction.com/community/blogs/ARBlog.asp?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&newspaperUserId=ac946cd0-ba4a-4e0e-8da4-47c9e7c5d923&plckPostId=Blog%3aac946cd0-ba4a-4e0e-8da4-47c9e7c5d923Post%3a25d81536-4620-47c6-b6ed-6127c5db0043&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDestdouglas36601 wrote: You quote Philip Johnson in item 8:8) “Architects are pretty much high-class _____ s. We can turn down projects the way they can turn down some clients, but we've both got to say yes to someone if we want to stay in business.”I think: This is meant to be an ironic sarcasm. Philip Johnson at age 25 may well have been in attendance at the “Lecture to the Chicago Art Institute” In 1931 when Frank Lloyd Wright said "To the Young Man in Architecture" that Architects _________ themselves professionally if they cater to an uninformed client’s baser architectural instincts. See The Future of Architecture - http://www.ursusbooks.com/item29144.html . http://www.geocities.com/douglas36601/ethics.jpgHe emphasized that again in his 1949 AIA Gold Medal acceptance speech. See Letters to Architects - http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/601-9780594-5541738?asin=9998732026&afid=yahoosspplp_bmvd&lnm=9998732026|Frank_Lloyd_Wright:_Letters_Trilogy_:_Books&ref=tgt_adv_XSNG1060 . Wright thought building in the core of big overgrown and sprawling cities to be professionally irresponsible and could hardly do so himself after conceiving his linear “Broadacre City” concept from about 1920. The Guggenheim was one exception and that only because of its close proximity to Central Park. The Price Tower was he said, "The tree that escaped the forest”. Philip Johnson was attracted to and became a close friend of Wright’s early on. In a society that scorns the Beauty Principle we have a dilemma that remains to be solved. I think Wright was correct in connecting this moral, ethical and political problem to Architects; there exists a conflict between maintaining the traditional feudalistic form of our overgrown and sprawling cities contrary to our federal form of government – the two political systems are mutually exclusive, diametrically opposed to, totally incompatible and contrary to each other. Thomas Jefferson had foreseen that such a trend would lead to the destruction of American Democracy. Therefore the survival of our Country is in the hands of the Architectural profession. That demands their most serious, patriotic and undivided attention to the design of cities - that they be made compatible to our system of government. Building up the central core only serves to perpetuate feudalism, thus it is socially irresponsible. We must not cater to this baser instinct. The modern design of buildings is not where the problem is anymore. What is needed now is a modern design for cities. The dilemma is, “How can we do that and stay in business?” I think that may be what he is trying to point out.4/23/2008 12:16 PM CDT The missing words are who res and pro stitute _____("whores" and "prostitute"). link added 5/8/08 - http://www.geocities.com/douglas36601/ethics.jpgdouglas36601 Comment on Blog Post: Top 10 Quotes About Architecture at 4/23/2008 12:16 PM CDT You quote Philip Johnson in item 8: 8) “Architects are pretty much high-class s. We can turn down projects the way they can turn down some clients, but we've both got to say yes to someone if we want to stay in business.” I think: This is meant to be an ironic sarcasm. Philip Johnson at age 25 may well have been in attendance at the “Lecture to the Chicago Art Institute” In 1931 when Frank Lloyd Wright said "To the Young Man in Architecture" that Architects themselves professionally if they cater to an uninformed client’s baser architectural instincts. See The Future of Architecture - http://www.ursusbooks.com/item29144.html . He emphasized that again in his 1949 AIA Gold Medal acceptance speech. See Letters to Architects - http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/601-9780594-5541738?asin=9998732026&afid=yahoosspplp_bmvd&lnm=9998732026|Frank_Lloyd_Wright:_Letters_Trilogy_:_Books&ref=tgt_adv_XSNG1060 . Wright thought building in the core of big overgrown and sprawling cities to be professionally irresponsible and could hardly do so himself after conceiving his linear “Broadacre City” concept from about 1920. The Guggenheim was one exception and that only because of its close proximity to Central Park. The Price Tower was he said, "The tree that escaped the forest”. Philip Johnson was attracted to and became a close friend of Wright’s early on. In a society that scorns the Beauty Principle we have a dilemma that remains to be solved. I think Wright was correct in connecting this moral, ethical and political problem to Architects; there exists a conflict between maintaining the traditional feudalistic form of our overgrown and sprawling cities contrary to our federal form of government – the two political systems are mutually exclusive, diametrically opposed to, totally incompatible and contrary to each other. Thomas Jefferson had foreseen that such a trend would lead to the destruction of American Democracy. Therefore the survival of our Country is in the hands of the Architectural profession. That demands their most serious, patriotic and undivided attention to the design of cities - that they be made compatible to our system of government. Building up the central core only serves to perpetuate feudalism, thus it is socially irresponsible. We must not cater to this baser instinct. The modern design of buildings is not where the problem is anymore. What is needed now is a modern design for cities. The dilemma is, “How can we do that and stay in business?” I think that may be what he is trying to point out. Comment on Blog Post: Top 5 Fictional Architects at 4/17/2008 1:43 PM CDT You write: ..."Rand worked in the office of Ely Kahn while doing research for the novel, and some have suggested that Kahn’s 120 Wall Street served as the for the Dana Building, designed by Roark’s mentor, Henry Cameron." http://www.math.utsa.edu/sphere/salingar/kahn.html http://www.nysoclib.org/awards/ely_jacques_kahn.html ..."I’m not much of a fan of the 1949 film version. Roark is played by Gary Cooper—in my opinion, the Keanu Reeves of his time (a good-looking stiff)." I wonder: Is there another version? I saw the original when I was in High School when it first came out about 1950-51. I did not even know what an architect was then; I guess it was my motivation to become an architect. I asked my drafting and shop teacher if I could be one and he said yes. When I was a college freshman it was on again at the theater across the street from my dorm window – I had to slip out and see it again. Recently I saw it on DVD. It does look old fashion now but the message is still clear. Forum Post: Architecture and Economics at 4/9/2008 12:23 PM CDT The building industry amounts to about 15% of GDP (gross domestic product) annually; construction is about half that amount. It is one of the first indicators of a rise or fall in economic growth. 15% amounts to about a $1200 Billion, over a trillion dollars per year. My chief concern is that the helter-skelter haphazard development and growth of cities is extremely wasteful of scarce economic resources in construction not to mention in damage to the natural environment and our quality of life. Who can compute what that waste actually is and what are the consequent social cost? That would represent the true value of orderly and systematic development. I have a solution to that problem that your class might like to study. See drawing on my profile page and my post to the forum on City and Regional Planning - http://construction.com/community/forums.aspx?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3ab7f00117-ec93-40a4-92ed-519db7bb292eForum%3a7557a256-b160-4f88-91b0-228a7023be4fDiscussion%3a7ce5bb79-af3f-4143-b86c-f8fba3dc5523&plckCategoryCurrentPage=0 . I have a webpage on Basic Economics - http://www.geocities.com/douglas36601/pax.html - on my website. Notice the references to Site Value Taxation as an idea that is favored and promoted by Architects and others in the builiding industry. First << 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 >> Last douglas36601's Comments Forum Post: Re: Pro Bono Work at 8/30/2011 12:37 PM CDT In Response to Re: Pro Bono Work : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro_bono "Pro bono publico (usually shortened to pro bono) is a phrase derived from Latin meaning "for the public good". The term is generally used to describe professional work undertaken voluntarily and without payment as a public service. It is common in the legal profession and is increasingly seen in marketing, technology, and strategy consulting firms. Pro bono service, unlike traditional volunteerism, uses the specific skills of professionals to provide services to those who are unable to afford them." ... I would add, the application of the specific skills of professionals to provide services for the public good to those who are unaware that they need them . I did not exactly intend it, but my entire career has been one of pro bono public service. It is a matter of, " getting your pleasure out of your work ". The creative worker does not need to be recreated; so much of the time and expense of recreational and entertainment activities is eliminated. It is simply learning, " to be content with food and clothing " It is having a " profound sense of professional responsibility" . Introduction - http://kymak.110mb.com/introduction.html Forum Post: Re: What does Architecture mean to you? at 8/18/2011 11:41 AM CDT In Response to What does Architecture mean to you? : Ethics - http://kymak.110mb.com/ethics.jpg As a learned profession, architecture must be practiced with the highest degree of honesty and integrity and with fortitude in the matter of social responsibility. Due regard must be given to the urban and regional landscape as much or more than the design of buildings. Forum Post: County Architect at 10/22/2010 10:50 AM CDT Re: Site Plannning and Design - http://www.rri.wvu.edu/WebBook/McBride/section3.html In Response to Revised Proposal : I have made a few changes to simplify or clarify it for the investor under http://www.sec.gov/answers/rule506.htm viz.: Regulation D Offerings - The SEC . this would serve to establish an office of County Architect without having to rely entirely on how well the County Commissioners understand it. I have volunteered to act as County Architect of the County where I live as a means to that end on the premise that the duty and function of the County Architect is to enforce the Planning Code - which is a problem that has baffled most architects (not to mention everyone else) from the beginning of our Republic (not to mention the rest of the World). However, I find that it can be understood by Architects involved in City Planning as well as Civil Engineers. Note: I am in the process of writing a book about it which is a work in progress on my website for whoever wants to know more - this is to be read intuitively i.e., skip around as you may feel inclined rather than plod through it page by page. Here is the clarified proposal: I have proposed a Business Trust where the County would be the beneficiary. Here is the essence of the contract I have proposed: Job description: Site Selection (for orderly development via KYMAK agency) Location: Mobile County, Alabama Amount: $10M/10 years/200K population (SARPC (regional) = 300K = $15M) Estimated value = 0.1%/cost of construction or $50/person, or $50/acre or 50% or more of Savings and/or Benefits derived = $100/person estimate Distribution: Fixed Costs 34%=$340/yr/10/years 10% Tithes + 10% KYMAK agent + 5% Benefits + 9% Contingency Variable Costs 66%=$660K/yr/10 years 10% Architect One + Architect Two + Architect Three + 10% Legal and Accounting + 6% contingency + other expenses + Reserve 20% Notes: Savings & Benefits: (Present and Future) 1. Costs of Construction, in Time + Materials + Machinery 2. Condemnation procedures eliminated or reduced. 3. Social: Aesthetics reduce crime and mental illness: a. Public Health & Safety (Savings and Benefits) b. Outdoor built environment (Benefits) Suggestions: In exchange for KYMAK stock, County Commission pays into the KYMAK/AIA Business Trust (TBA) a reasonable or the full amount of money until arrangements for disbursal are made. No payment of funds by Trustees can be made without the consent of KYMAK agent, Douglas Boyd… Interested AIA members arrange meetings with KYMAK agent for discussion and critique, if not already done. County Commission arranges to meet with interested AIA members to discuss the matter and to select an Architect residing in the same District as the Commissioner. Payment of fixed costs of 34% of total funding is made to KYMAK agent from the AIA Business Trust if not already paid. Payment of retainer is made to chosen Architect & to Legal and Accounting by Trustees only after fixed cost are paid. Remainder is held in the Business Trust for other expenses & reserve. Retainers for other Consultants can be paid from this fund. KYMAK agent Box 534 Mobile, Alabama 36601 Website: http://kymak.110mb.com/KYMAK.html Site Planning: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=site+planning&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=site+planning&gs_rfai=&emsg=NCSR&noj=1&ei=qkfQTNfFDcSblgewoJj9BQ Comment on: Volkert & Associates | South Central Construction | McGraw-Hill Construction at 10/18/2010 10:21 AM CDT FYI: Mobile County and beyond Architectural Site Selection/Comprehensive Regional Master Plan Forum Post: Re: Emerging architects who leave the profession. at 5/4/2010 1:38 PM CDT In Response to Emerging architects who leave the profession. : Women do seem to be well suited to the profession; the nature of art has a feminine quality. " The humane heart aware of the grace and significance of beauty " which FLW thought should have control of the machines of construction. He had that quality as all architects should. What has changed is a sense of ethical and professional responsibility. If you really love the profession you will live by the ethics that your father and FLW had to follow. Stay in the profession as a shining example of that even if you only have enough for food and clothing. Having a roof over your head is a luxury but that should not be a problem for an architect, anyway. I hope that women in architecture would be like the women Ayn Rand portrayed or as Wisdom - personified as a woman - in Proverbs 8 where she (Wisdom) is the primal architect "as one brought up" ( Hebrew = 'amown). - http://scripturetext.com/proverbs/8-30.htm - . The future of America and the World depends on Architects doing what Architects are supposed to do. Comment on: Emerald City - Editorial - Architectural Record at 4/21/2010 1:20 PM CDT BTW the name is David Owen... http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/bios/david_owen/search?contributorName=david%20owen http://dirt.asla.org/2010/01/15/interview-with-david-owen-author-of-green-metropolis-how-living-smaller-living-closer-and-driving-less-are-the-keys-to-sustainability/ Comment on: Emerald City - Editorial - Architectural Record at 4/6/2010 9:41 AM CDT Dear Editor, I would like to edit my comment here dated 3/10/2010 12:16 PM CST as follows - with a few words of wisdom from Ralph Waldo Emerson and inspiration from Walt Whitman for architects to consider in the design of cities in America. to wit: __________________________________________ Self Reliance "The soul created the arts wherever they have flourished. It was in his own mind that the artist sought his mo del. It was an application of his own thought to the thing to be done and the conditions to be observed. And why need we copy the Doric or the Gothic mo del. Beauty, convenience, grandeur of thought, and quaint expression are as near to us as to any, and if the American artist will study with hope and love the precise thing to be done by him, considering the climate, the soil, the length of the day, the wants of the people, the habit and form of the government, he will create a house in which all these will find themselves fitted, and taste and sentiment will be satisfied also." Emerson __________________________________________________ __________________________________________ A song of the rolling earth "When the materials are all prepared, the architects shall appear. I swear to you the architects shall appear without fail! I announce them and lead them; I swear to you they will understand you, and justify you; I swear to you the greatest among them shall be he who best knows you, and encloses all, and is faithful to all; I swear to you, he and the rest shall not forget you they shall perceive that you are not an iota less than they; I swear to you, you shall be glorified in them." Walt Whitman (1819-1892). Leaves of Grass. 1900. Carol of Words __________________________________________ ____________________________________ And thou, America! And thou, America! Thou too surroundest all Embracing, carrying, welcoming all, Thou too, by pathways broad and new, Approach the Ideal The measured faiths of other lands the grandeurs of the past, Are not for Thee, but grandeurs of Thine own; Deific faiths and amplitudes, absorbing, comprehending all, All in all to all. Transcribed from Walt Whitman by FLW. ____________________________________ Spell correction: "cities which I call by the acronym KYMAK" Typing error " not like the bleak, now defunct high rise government projects " Forum Post: Re: Emerging architects who leave the profession. at 4/2/2010 10:00 AM CDT Why did FLW say, " Don't go into architecture to get a living ..."? As with all learned professions one must not work for money but for the public good - for love; it is a matter of Ethics , if not Law. Kevin Lynch in the book Site Planning - amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0262121069/qid=999785734/sr=2-2/104-4559576-0326349 " which is required reading for architects seeking registration for license to practice said, (we) "must be prepared to advise a client that his chosen site is (mistaken or) inadequate for his purpose and that he must seek a new one... While advice of this kind may terminate the designer's employment still it is his responsibility." For us to dismiss that responsibility just to make a living is like prostituting one's self, which is to " die pretending to be an architect " even with a government stamp of approval. But it is possible to attain this virtue even for one of limited personal resources or who is impoverished - as artists often are as a matter of conscience. I had to learn to " be content with food and clothing "; nevertheless, I was free to use my brain and I enjoyed the process. Find: " Ethics " - on my background page: kymak.110mb.com/background.html ...or copy and paste this link: kymak.110mb.com/ethics.jpg ...this link is enough said, at least as far as I was concerned. I have not yet been compensated for my work but I have enjoyed the process in solving the most complex and difficult problem architects have: how to design a city . I am not discouraged but the response has been both encouraging and disappointing. Architects ignore it because it is a bewildering problem. It boggled my mind when I was first made aware of it as a senior in College. The KYMAK site selection concept makes it easy for architects who will try it. " The mind of this country, taught to aim at low objects, eats upon itself. There is no work for any but the decorous and the complaisant. Young men of the fairest promise, who begin life upon our shores, inflated by the mountain winds, shined upon by all the stars of God, find the earth below not in unison with these, — but are hindered from action by the disgust which the principles on which business is managed inspire, and turn drudges, or die of disgust, — some of them suicides. What is the remedy? They did not yet see, and thousands of young men as hopeful now crowding to the barriers for the career, do not yet see, that, if the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him. Patience, — patience; — with the shades of all the good and great for company; and for solace, the perspective of your own infinite life; and for work, the study and the communication of principles"... Emerson - emersoncentral.com/amscholar.htm Comment on: Emerald City - Editorial - Architectural Record at 3/10/2010 12:16 PM CST Isn’t this about Economic sustainability versus Social and Cultural sustainability? Which is more important and can they be reconciled? I think so but Owens apparently does not. Should we even care about preserving, protecting and defending our system of government? He advocates maintaining big city feudalism. I, as did Thomas Jefferson in his capacity as an architect, saw that big cities will destroy us as a Nation. My concept of designing cities which I call by the acronymn KYMAK explains how to achieve both of these goals of sustainability. The thought of designing a city compatible with our American way of life tends to get lost in the shuffle of activities that merely control the damage done by city building politicians as they blindly assume the role of the architect. We have yet to build a city that enables the freedom and independence necessary for the sovereignty of the individual. Unless we do, we cannot survive as a Nation. Architects have long advocated a concept of, “concentration in openness” in city planning. I maintain that general idea but only if the open space is used productively by farmers to grow food and fiber - not like the bleak, now defunct high rise government projests of the past. The KYMAK concept which I have tried to explain in all of my posts to the Forums is the quintessence of urban design; a blending the city and country to create the “ne plus ultra” of our “E pluribus Unum” which was envisioned, ordained and established to begin with when our politicians were as bright and honest as could be over 200 years ago. KYMAK gives compact urban design with a desirable and efficient density as well as the openness needed to satisfy the desire for freedom and independence though access to the means of individual survival during economic recessions or depressions or total collapse – it gives us all the ready opportunity as well as peace of mind in the comfort and assurance of self sustainability whenever we please - of if ever the politicians fail to provide for our every need. However, until architects are ready to seriously consider KYMAK and vouch for my credibility, then who will? I understand your reticence is not as much cowardice, as Frank Lloyd Wright once said, as it is a matter of prudence, if not bewilderment. It may be of some consolation and encouragement for you to know that by reading my website you can gain continuing education credits if you will ask your board of architectural examiners for it. I will be here and there to answer your questions or comments as time permits. Forum Post: Re: Chicago - at 7/6/2009 1:09 PM CDT A gridiron pattern is better than nothing, however Burnham had his head and heart in the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris to follow the traditional feudalistic old world European model hit or miss "cities of confusion". Sullivan's and Wright's idea of a more aesthetically planned city specifically for indigenous American Democracy got lost in the shuffle. Therefore architects have all but forgotten that there is more to Architecture than building design - good design begins with site selection to properly coordinate the building process of an orderly and systematic city plan. Wright and Sullivan thought the Chicago Plan set the cause of Architecture in America back 50 years; but it has been a hundred now and what for? Don't forget the reputation for crime and corruption that Chicago has - there is no doubt a connection to how it has grown far beyond the limits of an optimum size city which is about 100K ~ 120K population; beyond that crime and poverty increases due to the economic law of diminishing returns. That is why our big overgrown now feudalistic cities depend on and ( for the luxuries they provide ) get Federal subsidies to avoid bankruptcy. As for gridiron patterns, Salt Lake City although now also overgrown was a beauty with its 132 ft wide streets with well watered gutter irrigation system and ample ten acre blocks. New York City's gridiron pattern in Manhattan by someone's ingenuity by way of Gov. Dewitt Clinton may be its best asset. Clinton served as Mayor in 1803-1807, 1808-1810, and 1811-1815. http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0geuyvh5FRKBgQAf_9XNyoA?p=New+York+City%27s+gridiron+pattern&y=Search&fr=yfp-t-501&fr2=sb-top&sao=1 It occurs to me that as Wright quoting Laotze said, "The reality of a building is not in the roof and the walls but in the space within to be lived in " so the reality of a city is not in the buildings but in the space between the buildings. Wright's Broadacre City concept for example compared to cramped and crime ridden cities that would have no merit if not for a few well designed and beautiful buildings which probably tends to blind us to the reality of the big city. First << 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 >> Last douglas36601's Comments Comment on: Change Agent - Architectural Record at 10/30/2013 12:31 PM CDT That is the bottom line, of course. ..."finding a way for cities to embrace the future while remaining truly democratic, open, and accessible to all." __________________________________________________ Nature and Democracy "American Democracy, in its myriad personalities, in factories, work-shops, stores, offices through the dense streets and houses of cities, and all their manifold sophisticated life must either be fibred, vitalized, by regular contact with out-door light and air and growths, farm-scenes, animals, fields, trees, birds, sun-warmth and free skies, or it will certainly dwindle and pale." Speciman Days Whitman http://www.bartleby.com/229/1248.html __________________________________________________ "And hail, to the man whose abode is Where in a town the country pursuits with the city are blended. On him lies not the pressure that painfully hampers the farmer, Nor is he carried away by the greedy ambition of cities". Goethe http://www.bartleby.com/19/4/ Polyhymnia line 30-34 __________________________________________________ Song of the Universal And thou, America! Thou too surroundest all Embracing, carrying, welcoming all, Thou too, by pathways broad and new, Approach the Ideal The measured faiths of other lands the grandeurs of the past, Are not for Thee, but grandeurs of Thine own; Deific faiths and amplitudes, absorbing, comprehending all, All in all to all. Give me, give him or her, I love this quenchless faith in thee, Whatever else withheld, withhold not from us belief in plan of thee enclosed in time and space. Transcribed by FLW from Walt Whitman (1819–1892). Leaves of Grass. 1900 254. __________________________________________________ A song of the rolling earth "When the materials are all prepared, the architects shall appear. I swear to you the architects shall appear without fail! I announce them and lead them; I swear to you they will understand you, and justify you; I swear to you the greatest among them shall be he who best knows you, and encloses all, and is faithful to all; I swear to you, he and the rest shall not forget you they shall perceive that you are not an iota less than they; I swear to you, you shall be glorified in them." Carol of Words Walt Whitman (1819-1892). Leaves of Grass. 1900. http://www.bartleby.com/142/97.html Forum Post: Re: What City Tops Your "Best Architecture" List? at 6/19/2013 11:42 AM CDT In Response to Re: What City Tops Your "Best Architecture" List? : If it fits into this scheme you will have a winner - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dab295.jpeg#.7B.7Bint:filedesc.7D.7D Try thinking along these lines, if you please. Also see: http://smartgrowthusa.wordpress.com/kymak-frank-lloyd-wright-talesin-landscape-urbanism-charles-waldheim-mohsen-mostafavi/ … http://environment.harvard.edu/landscape-architecture ”The idea of treating landscape as a medium for understanding and designing cities intrigued Charles Waldheim, the Irving professor of landscape architecture and chair of the department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. ‘ Most of our models in the field and most of our theories in the literature assumed that you get a city by piling up buildings next to each other ,’ he says. But Waldheim found this building-first mindset to be no longer culturally relevant, and instead concluded that landscape considerations should be given more prominence in city-building.” - http://environment.harvard.edu/landscape-architecture Comment on: National Civic Art Society Responds | Letters to the Editor | Architectural Record at 8/24/2012 11:37 AM CDT Justin Shubow said: ...“the classical city envisioned by Pierre L’Enfant and our nation’s Founders"... What our Nation's Founders acutally said is in the concluding paragraph of Federalist Paper #11, “Let the … States, bound together in a strict and indissoluble Union, concur in erecting one great American system, superior to the control of all transatlantic force or influence”… More: http://construction.com/community/forums.aspx?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3a36f7e928-3bec-42cc-aec8-010265c63f4aForum%3a60782df0-ab4a-4eaa-9bab-73a925d477baDiscussion%3a053dae7d-a634-4c03-b23d-baf04c26f848 Discussion Post: An American Architecture at 7/24/2012 12:11 PM CDT http://archrecord.construction.com/community/editorial/2012/1207.asp My comment follows these pertinent quotes from the article:",,,Finding the delicate balance between tradition and innovation.,,," ",,,problems of housing China’s exploding urban population are on a scale never seen in human history. Architects are at the epicenter of these dilemmas and, at their best, try to navigate between respecting the past and embracing the future. Yet tensions over how to strike such a delicate balance keep cropping up.,,," "... an organization called the National Civic Art Society wants to derail the design entirely. According to its website, 'the Society will continue to seek the restoration of the classical tradition to its rightful primacy in our nation’s capital.' The memorial as planned, says the site, 'would be an uncivil, brutal insult to the classical city envisioned by Pierre L’Enfant and our nation’s Founders.' ..." ",,,the greatest architecture conveys an aura of timelessness, it also reflects the authenticity of its own time and place...." My comment: Thomas Jefferson as architect did not like the L’Enfant design for the District of Columbia. Jefferson sought for an American Architecture beginning with City Planning as demonstrated by the Township concept of land subdivision. As for an American Architecture, that is what Wright gave us rather than follow Greco-Roman European influences to the corruption of our Novus Ordo Seclorum. City Planning in the United States has been confused and complicated by adverse European City Planning influences that are incompatible with our American system of government; the Founders of our Federal Republic in writing the United States Constitution foresaw that danger as noted in the concluding paragraph of Federalist Paper #11, “Let the … States, bound together in a strict and indissoluble Union, concur in erecting one great American system, superior to the control of all transatlantic force or influence”…http://kymak.110mb.com/introduction.html Jefferson saw that an American architecture begins with the design of the city. The six-mile square township subdivision of Counties gave limits that most big cities could fit into easily enough and it would be well if they could be so limited. I heard Frank Lloyd Wright often say at his Sunday morning breakfast lecture to Apprentices at Taliesin, "the artists' limitations are their best friend". Within those limits I eventually discovered in the course of my own 20 year search for how to design a city, viz., Joseph Smith received divine revelation in 1833 that a one mile square divided by seven each way would make a city with ten acre blocks and 132 ft. wide street rights of ways. What the Mormons missed in Salt Lake City was that urban core was meant to fit within each and every township leaving the surrounding land for farming and manufacturing industry (see - http://kymak.110mb.com/modelcity.html ).This is also what FLW envisioned in his Broadacre city concept, although his emphasis was in development along major transportation corridors to accommodate the privacy and sense of freedom and independence afforded by the automobile. City Planners under European influences having to please the politicians who have assumed the role of the architect by default, especially since early in the 20th Century, derided Wright and have so far, defeated his and Jefferson's concept of an American Architecture. I have high hopes that the KYMAK concept will enable Architects to recover their role in the design of cities by boldly asserting what is the designers' prerogative in site selection. It is now possible for Architects to coordinate the process of building cities according to a rational plan just as they now do in the buildings alone. To neglect this is contrary to State and Federal Planning Codes, due to the uncoordinated and disorderly manner in which cities grow, helter-skelter without fixed city limits.Via the KYMAK concept the social role of registered architects as coordinators of the building process can now at long last be applied to building cities. While the statutory role does not specify good design of cities, it is a matter that concerns architects in planning and coordinating the building process - and as a matter of Professional responsibility In the Cause of Architecture. Comment on: Design in the Present Tense | Editorial | Architectural Record at 7/24/2012 12:02 PM CDT My comment follows these pertinent quotes from the article: ",,,Finding the delicate balance between tradition and innovation.,,," ",,,problems of housing China’s exploding urban population are on a scale never seen in human history. Architects are at the epicenter of these dilemmas and, at their best, try to navigate between respecting the past and embracing the future. Yet tensions over how to strike such a delicate balance keep cropping up.,,," "... the “Society will continue to seek the restoration of the classical tradition to its rightful primacy in our nation’s capital “Society will continue to seek the restoration of the classical tradition to its rightful primacy in our nation’s capital.” The memorial as planned, says the site, “would be an uncivil, brutal insult to the classical city envisioned by Pierre L’Enfant and our nation’s Founders.”..." ",,,the greatest architecture conveys an aura of timelessness, it also reflects the authenticity of its own time and place...." My comment: Thomas Jefferson as architect did not like the L’Enfant design for the District of Columbia. Jefferson sought for an American Architecture beginning with City Planning as demonstrated by the Township concept of land subdivision. As for an American Architecture, that is what Wright gave us rather than follow Greco-Roman European influences to the corruption our Novus Ordo Seclorum. Forum Post: Re: U.S. Dept. of Architecture / HUDD at 5/4/2012 10:38 AM CDT Housing and Urban Development (and Design) Related Links: HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan Interview | News | Architectural Record Architects + Public Housing: Yes,You Can douglas36601 wrote: This is interesting... "BR: How do you factor effective planning into allocation of HUD dollars? SD: What the budget will accomplish beyond just an investment in more sustainable housing is an investment in planning itself... $100 million of which is going to a competition for regional planning efforts; and $40 million, combined with about $35 million in Department of Transportation funds, will be put toward local planning efforts." The role of the architect is to coordinate the building process . I think we should hope this expenditure will serve to put into effect forgotten State and Federal planning codes as noted previously: 42USCode - http://uscode.house.gov/search/criteria.shtml Urban Policy Section 4501 It is the policy of Congress to encourage the rational and orderly development of our cities, towns and rural areas ... Section 4502 (b) Existing and future programs must be inter-related and coordinated within a system of orderly development... (d)The Congress further declares that the national urban policy should - (6) Encourage planned communities. (8) increase coordination among Federal programs... _________________________________________ Community Development Section 5301 (b) The Congress further finds and declares that the future welfare of the Nation and the well being of citizens depend on the establishment and maintenance of viable urban communities, and require (1) … new centers of population ... (c) The primary objective is ... (5) ...a better arrangement of residential, commercial, industrial, ...and other needed activity centers. Note this; continuous growth of cities sprawling horizontally beyond orderly and geometrically designed limits is against the law! The law has been ignored for lack of a concept. See http://kymak.110mb.com/memo.html ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Related Links: Affordable Housing Goes Green in the Bronx douglas36601 wrote: What about " the huddled masses yearning to be free " Let us consider what American Democracy could really offer. The architects here have certainly made the best of an impossible situation: for a townhouse in the big city, Via Verde multifamily project in the South Bronx designed by Grimshaw Architects and Dattner Architects is excellent; however, I would say, most of the people living there would chose a small house on a quiet neighborhood street or a vine covered cottage in the country, if they were free. 5/1/2012 1:20 PM CDT Comment on: HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan Interview | News | Architectural Record at 5/1/2012 1:36 PM CDT This is interesting... "BR: How do you factor effective planning into allocation of HUD dollars? SD: What the budget will accomplish beyond just an investment in more sustainable housing is an investment in planning itself... $100 million of which is going to a competition for regional planning efforts; and $40 million, combined with about $35 million in Department of Transportation funds, will be put toward local planning efforts." ...we should hope this expenditure will serve to put into effect forgotten State and Federal planning codes: See http://kymak.110mb.com/memo.html Comment on: Affordable Housing Goes Green in the Bronx | News | Architectural Record at 5/1/2012 1:20 PM CDT What about "the huddled masses yearning to be free" Let us consider what American Democracy should really offer. The architects have certainly made the best of an impossible situation: for a townhouse in the big city, Via Verde multifamily project in the South Bronx designed by Grimshaw Architects and Dattner Architects is excellent; however, I should say, most of the people living there would chose a small house on a neighborhood street or a vine covered cottage in the country, if they were free. Forum Post: Re: Introduce Yourself at 2/24/2012 11:29 AM CST In Response to Introduce Yourself : FYI there is also a place for creating your profile on your Home page on this website. Just click on the link below your image. Here is a sample of what is on my profile page. Taliesin Fellow, 1958-59 I'm 4th from the left in photo on page 7, Architectural Record Book, IN THE CAUSE OF ARCHITECTURE, c.1975, McGraw-Hill, publ. Texas A&M / Architecture, 1951 ~ 57 Areas of Professional Expertise/Focus: Research: Architectural Site Selection / Problems of City and Regional Planning My Personal Interests: Law / Ethics Website: http://kymak.110mb.com/background.html Forum Post: Re:Frank Lloyd Wright at 2/1/2012 2:05 PM CST In Response to James: I clearly recall in his autobiography FLW said he completed 3 1/2 years staying until near the end of the 4th year, dropping out then because he said he did not want the degree, since he was home-schooled by his school teacher mother to be an Architect. FLW thought acacemic education tends to stiffle creativity; he wanted to avoid that himself as much as possible and advised us, as apprentices at Taliesin, to unlearn it. His use of the cantilever, e.g., in his building designs: from the Robie House http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robie_House to the Imperial Hotel http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_Hotel,_Tokyo to the Kaufman House http://www.rsapc.com/projects/detail.php?id=135 and the Mile High Illinois http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Illinois show evidence of bridge design techniques learned by Civil Engineers. Unlike the curriculum in Architectural Building Design where only courses in Physics are required, Civil Engineers have courses in Chemistry which may have enabled his keen perception of the Nature of Materials. Studying the details of his Broadacre City concept http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Broadacre_City , one will see that it was largely influenced by his education in Civil Engineering. There are too many traces of CE influence to ignore because of historical revisionism http://www.jstor.org/pss/988447 . Wright was a highly motivated genius who could have finished the curriculum in short time; I suggest he entered the University of Wisconsin at about age 14 since he said he witnessed when in 1883 the South Wing of the Capitol collapsed , http://www.angelfire.com/wi/lakemendota/history.html . Architects are engineers if they understand the priciciples of the science but engineers are not architects unless they understand the principles or the art. First << 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 >> Last douglas36601's Comments Comment on: Change Agent - Architectural Record at 10/30/2013 12:31 PM CDT That is the bottom line, of course. ..."finding a way for cities to embrace the future while remaining truly democratic, open, and accessible to all." __________________________________________________ Nature and Democracy "American Democracy, in its myriad personalities, in factories, work-shops, stores, offices through the dense streets and houses of cities, and all their manifold sophisticated life must either be fibred, vitalized, by regular contact with out-door light and air and growths, farm-scenes, animals, fields, trees, birds, sun-warmth and free skies, or it will certainly dwindle and pale." Speciman Days Whitman http://www.bartleby.com/229/1248.html __________________________________________________ "And hail, to the man whose abode is Where in a town the country pursuits with the city are blended. On him lies not the pressure that painfully hampers the farmer, Nor is he carried away by the greedy ambition of cities". Goethe http://www.bartleby.com/19/4/ Polyhymnia line 30-34 __________________________________________________ Song of the Universal And thou, America! Thou too surroundest all Embracing, carrying, welcoming all, Thou too, by pathways broad and new, Approach the Ideal The measured faiths of other lands the grandeurs of the past, Are not for Thee, but grandeurs of Thine own; Deific faiths and amplitudes, absorbing, comprehending all, All in all to all. Give me, give him or her, I love this quenchless faith in thee, Whatever else withheld, withhold not from us belief in plan of thee enclosed in time and space. Transcribed by FLW from Walt Whitman (1819–1892). Leaves of Grass. 1900 254. __________________________________________________ A song of the rolling earth "When the materials are all prepared, the architects shall appear. I swear to you the architects shall appear without fail! I announce them and lead them; I swear to you they will understand you, and justify you; I swear to you the greatest among them shall be he who best knows you, and encloses all, and is faithful to all; I swear to you, he and the rest shall not forget you they shall perceive that you are not an iota less than they; I swear to you, you shall be glorified in them." Carol of Words Walt Whitman (1819-1892). Leaves of Grass. 1900. http://www.bartleby.com/142/97.html Forum Post: Re: What City Tops Your "Best Architecture" List? at 6/19/2013 11:42 AM CDT In Response to Re: What City Tops Your "Best Architecture" List? : If it fits into this scheme you will have a winner - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dab295.jpeg#.7B.7Bint:filedesc.7D.7D Try thinking along these lines, if you please. Also see: http://smartgrowthusa.wordpress.com/kymak-frank-lloyd-wright-talesin-landscape-urbanism-charles-waldheim-mohsen-mostafavi/ … http://environment.harvard.edu/landscape-architecture ”The idea of treating landscape as a medium for understanding and designing cities intrigued Charles Waldheim, the Irving professor of landscape architecture and chair of the department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. ‘ Most of our models in the field and most of our theories in the literature assumed that you get a city by piling up buildings next to each other ,’ he says. But Waldheim found this building-first mindset to be no longer culturally relevant, and instead concluded that landscape considerations should be given more prominence in city-building.” - http://environment.harvard.edu/landscape-architecture Comment on: National Civic Art Society Responds | Letters to the Editor | Architectural Record at 8/24/2012 11:37 AM CDT Justin Shubow said: ...“the classical city envisioned by Pierre L’Enfant and our nation’s Founders"... What our Nation's Founders acutally said is in the concluding paragraph of Federalist Paper #11, “Let the … States, bound together in a strict and indissoluble Union, concur in erecting one great American system, superior to the control of all transatlantic force or influence”… More: http://construction.com/community/forums.aspx?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3a36f7e928-3bec-42cc-aec8-010265c63f4aForum%3a60782df0-ab4a-4eaa-9bab-73a925d477baDiscussion%3a053dae7d-a634-4c03-b23d-baf04c26f848 Discussion Post: An American Architecture at 7/24/2012 12:11 PM CDT http://archrecord.construction.com/community/editorial/2012/1207.asp My comment follows these pertinent quotes from the article:",,,Finding the delicate balance between tradition and innovation.,,," ",,,problems of housing China’s exploding urban population are on a scale never seen in human history. Architects are at the epicenter of these dilemmas and, at their best, try to navigate between respecting the past and embracing the future. Yet tensions over how to strike such a delicate balance keep cropping up.,,," "... an organization called the National Civic Art Society wants to derail the design entirely. According to its website, 'the Society will continue to seek the restoration of the classical tradition to its rightful primacy in our nation’s capital.' The memorial as planned, says the site, 'would be an uncivil, brutal insult to the classical city envisioned by Pierre L’Enfant and our nation’s Founders.' ..." ",,,the greatest architecture conveys an aura of timelessness, it also reflects the authenticity of its own time and place...." My comment: Thomas Jefferson as architect did not like the L’Enfant design for the District of Columbia. Jefferson sought for an American Architecture beginning with City Planning as demonstrated by the Township concept of land subdivision. As for an American Architecture, that is what Wright gave us rather than follow Greco-Roman European influences to the corruption of our Novus Ordo Seclorum. City Planning in the United States has been confused and complicated by adverse European City Planning influences that are incompatible with our American system of government; the Founders of our Federal Republic in writing the United States Constitution foresaw that danger as noted in the concluding paragraph of Federalist Paper #11, “Let the … States, bound together in a strict and indissoluble Union, concur in erecting one great American system, superior to the control of all transatlantic force or influence”…http://kymak.110mb.com/introduction.html Jefferson saw that an American architecture begins with the design of the city. The six-mile square township subdivision of Counties gave limits that most big cities could fit into easily enough and it would be well if they could be so limited. I heard Frank Lloyd Wright often say at his Sunday morning breakfast lecture to Apprentices at Taliesin, "the artists' limitations are their best friend". Within those limits I eventually discovered in the course of my own 20 year search for how to design a city, viz., Joseph Smith received divine revelation in 1833 that a one mile square divided by seven each way would make a city with ten acre blocks and 132 ft. wide street rights of ways. What the Mormons missed in Salt Lake City was that urban core was meant to fit within each and every township leaving the surrounding land for farming and manufacturing industry (see - http://kymak.110mb.com/modelcity.html ).This is also what FLW envisioned in his Broadacre city concept, although his emphasis was in development along major transportation corridors to accommodate the privacy and sense of freedom and independence afforded by the automobile. City Planners under European influences having to please the politicians who have assumed the role of the architect by default, especially since early in the 20th Century, derided Wright and have so far, defeated his and Jefferson's concept of an American Architecture. I have high hopes that the KYMAK concept will enable Architects to recover their role in the design of cities by boldly asserting what is the designers' prerogative in site selection. It is now possible for Architects to coordinate the process of building cities according to a rational plan just as they now do in the buildings alone. To neglect this is contrary to State and Federal Planning Codes, due to the uncoordinated and disorderly manner in which cities grow, helter-skelter without fixed city limits.Via the KYMAK concept the social role of registered architects as coordinators of the building process can now at long last be applied to building cities. While the statutory role does not specify good design of cities, it is a matter that concerns architects in planning and coordinating the building process - and as a matter of Professional responsibility In the Cause of Architecture. Comment on: Design in the Present Tense | Editorial | Architectural Record at 7/24/2012 12:02 PM CDT My comment follows these pertinent quotes from the article: ",,,Finding the delicate balance between tradition and innovation.,,," ",,,problems of housing China’s exploding urban population are on a scale never seen in human history. Architects are at the epicenter of these dilemmas and, at their best, try to navigate between respecting the past and embracing the future. Yet tensions over how to strike such a delicate balance keep cropping up.,,," "... the “Society will continue to seek the restoration of the classical tradition to its rightful primacy in our nation’s capital “Society will continue to seek the restoration of the classical tradition to its rightful primacy in our nation’s capital.” The memorial as planned, says the site, “would be an uncivil, brutal insult to the classical city envisioned by Pierre L’Enfant and our nation’s Founders.”..." ",,,the greatest architecture conveys an aura of timelessness, it also reflects the authenticity of its own time and place...." My comment: Thomas Jefferson as architect did not like the L’Enfant design for the District of Columbia. Jefferson sought for an American Architecture beginning with City Planning as demonstrated by the Township concept of land subdivision. As for an American Architecture, that is what Wright gave us rather than follow Greco-Roman European influences to the corruption our Novus Ordo Seclorum. Forum Post: Re: U.S. Dept. of Architecture / HUDD at 5/4/2012 10:38 AM CDT Housing and Urban Development (and Design) Related Links: HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan Interview | News | Architectural Record Architects + Public Housing: Yes,You Can douglas36601 wrote: This is interesting... "BR: How do you factor effective planning into allocation of HUD dollars? SD: What the budget will accomplish beyond just an investment in more sustainable housing is an investment in planning itself... $100 million of which is going to a competition for regional planning efforts; and $40 million, combined with about $35 million in Department of Transportation funds, will be put toward local planning efforts." The role of the architect is to coordinate the building process . I think we should hope this expenditure will serve to put into effect forgotten State and Federal planning codes as noted previously: 42USCode - http://uscode.house.gov/search/criteria.shtml Urban Policy Section 4501 It is the policy of Congress to encourage the rational and orderly development of our cities, towns and rural areas ... Section 4502 (b) Existing and future programs must be inter-related and coordinated within a system of orderly development... (d)The Congress further declares that the national urban policy should - (6) Encourage planned communities. (8) increase coordination among Federal programs... _________________________________________ Community Development Section 5301 (b) The Congress further finds and declares that the future welfare of the Nation and the well being of citizens depend on the establishment and maintenance of viable urban communities, and require (1) … new centers of population ... (c) The primary objective is ... (5) ...a better arrangement of residential, commercial, industrial, ...and other needed activity centers. Note this; continuous growth of cities sprawling horizontally beyond orderly and geometrically designed limits is against the law! The law has been ignored for lack of a concept. See http://kymak.110mb.com/memo.html ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Related Links: Affordable Housing Goes Green in the Bronx douglas36601 wrote: What about " the huddled masses yearning to be free " Let us consider what American Democracy could really offer. The architects here have certainly made the best of an impossible situation: for a townhouse in the big city, Via Verde multifamily project in the South Bronx designed by Grimshaw Architects and Dattner Architects is excellent; however, I would say, most of the people living there would chose a small house on a quiet neighborhood street or a vine covered cottage in the country, if they were free. 5/1/2012 1:20 PM CDT Comment on: HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan Interview | News | Architectural Record at 5/1/2012 1:36 PM CDT This is interesting... "BR: How do you factor effective planning into allocation of HUD dollars? SD: What the budget will accomplish beyond just an investment in more sustainable housing is an investment in planning itself... $100 million of which is going to a competition for regional planning efforts; and $40 million, combined with about $35 million in Department of Transportation funds, will be put toward local planning efforts." ...we should hope this expenditure will serve to put into effect forgotten State and Federal planning codes: See http://kymak.110mb.com/memo.html Comment on: Affordable Housing Goes Green in the Bronx | News | Architectural Record at 5/1/2012 1:20 PM CDT What about "the huddled masses yearning to be free" Let us consider what American Democracy should really offer. The architects have certainly made the best of an impossible situation: for a townhouse in the big city, Via Verde multifamily project in the South Bronx designed by Grimshaw Architects and Dattner Architects is excellent; however, I should say, most of the people living there would chose a small house on a neighborhood street or a vine covered cottage in the country, if they were free. Forum Post: Re: Introduce Yourself at 2/24/2012 11:29 AM CST In Response to Introduce Yourself : FYI there is also a place for creating your profile on your Home page on this website. Just click on the link below your image. Here is a sample of what is on my profile page. Taliesin Fellow, 1958-59 I'm 4th from the left in photo on page 7, Architectural Record Book, IN THE CAUSE OF ARCHITECTURE, c.1975, McGraw-Hill, publ. Texas A&M / Architecture, 1951 ~ 57 Areas of Professional Expertise/Focus: Research: Architectural Site Selection / Problems of City and Regional Planning My Personal Interests: Law / Ethics Website: http://kymak.110mb.com/background.html Forum Post: Re:Frank Lloyd Wright at 2/1/2012 2:05 PM CST In Response to James: I clearly recall in his autobiography FLW said he completed 3 1/2 years staying until near the end of the 4th year, dropping out then because he said he did not want the degree, since he was home-schooled by his school teacher mother to be an Architect. FLW thought acacemic education tends to stiffle creativity; he wanted to avoid that himself as much as possible and advised us, as apprentices at Taliesin, to unlearn it. His use of the cantilever, e.g., in his building designs: from the Robie House http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robie_House to the Imperial Hotel http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_Hotel,_Tokyo to the Kaufman House http://www.rsapc.com/projects/detail.php?id=135 and the Mile High Illinois http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Illinois show evidence of bridge design techniques learned by Civil Engineers. Unlike the curriculum in Architectural Building Design where only courses in Physics are required, Civil Engineers have courses in Chemistry which may have enabled his keen perception of the Nature of Materials. Studying the details of his Broadacre City concept http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Broadacre_City , one will see that it was largely influenced by his education in Civil Engineering. There are too many traces of CE influence to ignore because of historical revisionism http://www.jstor.org/pss/988447 . Wright was a highly motivated genius who could have finished the curriculum in short time; I suggest he entered the University of Wisconsin at about age 14 since he said he witnessed when in 1883 the South Wing of the Capitol collapsed , http://www.angelfire.com/wi/lakemendota/history.html . Architects are engineers if they understand the priciciples of the science but engineers are not architects unless they understand the principles or the art. First << 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 >> Last douglas36601's Comments Comment on: Change Agent - Architectural Record at 10/30/2013 12:31 PM CDT That is the bottom line, of course. ..."finding a way for cities to embrace the future while remaining truly democratic, open, and accessible to all." __________________________________________________ Nature and Democracy "American Democracy, in its myriad personalities, in factories, work-shops, stores, offices through the dense streets and houses of cities, and all their manifold sophisticated life must either be fibred, vitalized, by regular contact with out-door light and air and growths, farm-scenes, animals, fields, trees, birds, sun-warmth and free skies, or it will certainly dwindle and pale." Speciman Days Whitman http://www.bartleby.com/229/1248.html __________________________________________________ "And hail, to the man whose abode is Where in a town the country pursuits with the city are blended. On him lies not the pressure that painfully hampers the farmer, Nor is he carried away by the greedy ambition of cities". Goethe http://www.bartleby.com/19/4/ Polyhymnia line 30-34 __________________________________________________ Song of the Universal And thou, America! Thou too surroundest all Embracing, carrying, welcoming all, Thou too, by pathways broad and new, Approach the Ideal The measured faiths of other lands the grandeurs of the past, Are not for Thee, but grandeurs of Thine own; Deific faiths and amplitudes, absorbing, comprehending all, All in all to all. Give me, give him or her, I love this quenchless faith in thee, Whatever else withheld, withhold not from us belief in plan of thee enclosed in time and space. Transcribed by FLW from Walt Whitman (1819–1892). Leaves of Grass. 1900 254. __________________________________________________ A song of the rolling earth "When the materials are all prepared, the architects shall appear. I swear to you the architects shall appear without fail! I announce them and lead them; I swear to you they will understand you, and justify you; I swear to you the greatest among them shall be he who best knows you, and encloses all, and is faithful to all; I swear to you, he and the rest shall not forget you they shall perceive that you are not an iota less than they; I swear to you, you shall be glorified in them." Carol of Words Walt Whitman (1819-1892). Leaves of Grass. 1900. http://www.bartleby.com/142/97.html Forum Post: Re: What City Tops Your "Best Architecture" List? at 6/19/2013 11:42 AM CDT In Response to Re: What City Tops Your "Best Architecture" List? : If it fits into this scheme you will have a winner - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dab295.jpeg#.7B.7Bint:filedesc.7D.7D Try thinking along these lines, if you please. Also see: http://smartgrowthusa.wordpress.com/kymak-frank-lloyd-wright-talesin-landscape-urbanism-charles-waldheim-mohsen-mostafavi/ … http://environment.harvard.edu/landscape-architecture ”The idea of treating landscape as a medium for understanding and designing cities intrigued Charles Waldheim, the Irving professor of landscape architecture and chair of the department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. ‘ Most of our models in the field and most of our theories in the literature assumed that you get a city by piling up buildings next to each other ,’ he says. But Waldheim found this building-first mindset to be no longer culturally relevant, and instead concluded that landscape considerations should be given more prominence in city-building.” - http://environment.harvard.edu/landscape-architecture Comment on: National Civic Art Society Responds | Letters to the Editor | Architectural Record at 8/24/2012 11:37 AM CDT Justin Shubow said: ...“the classical city envisioned by Pierre L’Enfant and our nation’s Founders"... What our Nation's Founders acutally said is in the concluding paragraph of Federalist Paper #11, “Let the … States, bound together in a strict and indissoluble Union, concur in erecting one great American system, superior to the control of all transatlantic force or influence”… More: http://construction.com/community/forums.aspx?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3a36f7e928-3bec-42cc-aec8-010265c63f4aForum%3a60782df0-ab4a-4eaa-9bab-73a925d477baDiscussion%3a053dae7d-a634-4c03-b23d-baf04c26f848 Discussion Post: An American Architecture at 7/24/2012 12:11 PM CDT http://archrecord.construction.com/community/editorial/2012/1207.asp My comment follows these pertinent quotes from the article:",,,Finding the delicate balance between tradition and innovation.,,," ",,,problems of housing China’s exploding urban population are on a scale never seen in human history. Architects are at the epicenter of these dilemmas and, at their best, try to navigate between respecting the past and embracing the future. Yet tensions over how to strike such a delicate balance keep cropping up.,,," "... an organization called the National Civic Art Society wants to derail the design entirely. According to its website, 'the Society will continue to seek the restoration of the classical tradition to its rightful primacy in our nation’s capital.' The memorial as planned, says the site, 'would be an uncivil, brutal insult to the classical city envisioned by Pierre L’Enfant and our nation’s Founders.' ..." ",,,the greatest architecture conveys an aura of timelessness, it also reflects the authenticity of its own time and place...." My comment: Thomas Jefferson as architect did not like the L’Enfant design for the District of Columbia. Jefferson sought for an American Architecture beginning with City Planning as demonstrated by the Township concept of land subdivision. As for an American Architecture, that is what Wright gave us rather than follow Greco-Roman European influences to the corruption of our Novus Ordo Seclorum. City Planning in the United States has been confused and complicated by adverse European City Planning influences that are incompatible with our American system of government; the Founders of our Federal Republic in writing the United States Constitution foresaw that danger as noted in the concluding paragraph of Federalist Paper #11, “Let the … States, bound together in a strict and indissoluble Union, concur in erecting one great American system, superior to the control of all transatlantic force or influence”…http://kymak.110mb.com/introduction.html Jefferson saw that an American architecture begins with the design of the city. The six-mile square township subdivision of Counties gave limits that most big cities could fit into easily enough and it would be well if they could be so limited. I heard Frank Lloyd Wright often say at his Sunday morning breakfast lecture to Apprentices at Taliesin, "the artists' limitations are their best friend". Within those limits I eventually discovered in the course of my own 20 year search for how to design a city, viz., Joseph Smith received divine revelation in 1833 that a one mile square divided by seven each way would make a city with ten acre blocks and 132 ft. wide street rights of ways. What the Mormons missed in Salt Lake City was that urban core was meant to fit within each and every township leaving the surrounding land for farming and manufacturing industry (see - http://kymak.110mb.com/modelcity.html ).This is also what FLW envisioned in his Broadacre city concept, although his emphasis was in development along major transportation corridors to accommodate the privacy and sense of freedom and independence afforded by the automobile. City Planners under European influences having to please the politicians who have assumed the role of the architect by default, especially since early in the 20th Century, derided Wright and have so far, defeated his and Jefferson's concept of an American Architecture. I have high hopes that the KYMAK concept will enable Architects to recover their role in the design of cities by boldly asserting what is the designers' prerogative in site selection. It is now possible for Architects to coordinate the process of building cities according to a rational plan just as they now do in the buildings alone. To neglect this is contrary to State and Federal Planning Codes, due to the uncoordinated and disorderly manner in which cities grow, helter-skelter without fixed city limits.Via the KYMAK concept the social role of registered architects as coordinators of the building process can now at long last be applied to building cities. While the statutory role does not specify good design of cities, it is a matter that concerns architects in planning and coordinating the building process - and as a matter of Professional responsibility In the Cause of Architecture. Comment on: Design in the Present Tense | Editorial | Architectural Record at 7/24/2012 12:02 PM CDT My comment follows these pertinent quotes from the article: ",,,Finding the delicate balance between tradition and innovation.,,," ",,,problems of housing China’s exploding urban population are on a scale never seen in human history. Architects are at the epicenter of these dilemmas and, at their best, try to navigate between respecting the past and embracing the future. Yet tensions over how to strike such a delicate balance keep cropping up.,,," "... the “Society will continue to seek the restoration of the classical tradition to its rightful primacy in our nation’s capital “Society will continue to seek the restoration of the classical tradition to its rightful primacy in our nation’s capital.” The memorial as planned, says the site, “would be an uncivil, brutal insult to the classical city envisioned by Pierre L’Enfant and our nation’s Founders.”..." ",,,the greatest architecture conveys an aura of timelessness, it also reflects the authenticity of its own time and place...." My comment: Thomas Jefferson as architect did not like the L’Enfant design for the District of Columbia. Jefferson sought for an American Architecture beginning with City Planning as demonstrated by the Township concept of land subdivision. As for an American Architecture, that is what Wright gave us rather than follow Greco-Roman European influences to the corruption our Novus Ordo Seclorum. Forum Post: Re: U.S. Dept. of Architecture / HUDD at 5/4/2012 10:38 AM CDT Housing and Urban Development (and Design) Related Links: HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan Interview | News | Architectural Record Architects + Public Housing: Yes,You Can douglas36601 wrote: This is interesting... "BR: How do you factor effective planning into allocation of HUD dollars? SD: What the budget will accomplish beyond just an investment in more sustainable housing is an investment in planning itself... $100 million of which is going to a competition for regional planning efforts; and $40 million, combined with about $35 million in Department of Transportation funds, will be put toward local planning efforts." The role of the architect is to coordinate the building process . I think we should hope this expenditure will serve to put into effect forgotten State and Federal planning codes as noted previously: 42USCode - http://uscode.house.gov/search/criteria.shtml Urban Policy Section 4501 It is the policy of Congress to encourage the rational and orderly development of our cities, towns and rural areas ... Section 4502 (b) Existing and future programs must be inter-related and coordinated within a system of orderly development... (d)The Congress further declares that the national urban policy should - (6) Encourage planned communities. (8) increase coordination among Federal programs... _________________________________________ Community Development Section 5301 (b) The Congress further finds and declares that the future welfare of the Nation and the well being of citizens depend on the establishment and maintenance of viable urban communities, and require (1) … new centers of population ... (c) The primary objective is ... (5) ...a better arrangement of residential, commercial, industrial, ...and other needed activity centers. Note this; continuous growth of cities sprawling horizontally beyond orderly and geometrically designed limits is against the law! The law has been ignored for lack of a concept. See http://kymak.110mb.com/memo.html ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Related Links: Affordable Housing Goes Green in the Bronx douglas36601 wrote: What about " the huddled masses yearning to be free " Let us consider what American Democracy could really offer. The architects here have certainly made the best of an impossible situation: for a townhouse in the big city, Via Verde multifamily project in the South Bronx designed by Grimshaw Architects and Dattner Architects is excellent; however, I would say, most of the people living there would chose a small house on a quiet neighborhood street or a vine covered cottage in the country, if they were free. 5/1/2012 1:20 PM CDT Comment on: HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan Interview | News | Architectural Record at 5/1/2012 1:36 PM CDT This is interesting... "BR: How do you factor effective planning into allocation of HUD dollars? SD: What the budget will accomplish beyond just an investment in more sustainable housing is an investment in planning itself... $100 million of which is going to a competition for regional planning efforts; and $40 million, combined with about $35 million in Department of Transportation funds, will be put toward local planning efforts." ...we should hope this expenditure will serve to put into effect forgotten State and Federal planning codes: See http://kymak.110mb.com/memo.html Comment on: Affordable Housing Goes Green in the Bronx | News | Architectural Record at 5/1/2012 1:20 PM CDT What about "the huddled masses yearning to be free" Let us consider what American Democracy should really offer. The architects have certainly made the best of an impossible situation: for a townhouse in the big city, Via Verde multifamily project in the South Bronx designed by Grimshaw Architects and Dattner Architects is excellent; however, I should say, most of the people living there would chose a small house on a neighborhood street or a vine covered cottage in the country, if they were free. Forum Post: Re: Introduce Yourself at 2/24/2012 11:29 AM CST In Response to Introduce Yourself : FYI there is also a place for creating your profile on your Home page on this website. Just click on the link below your image. Here is a sample of what is on my profile page. Taliesin Fellow, 1958-59 I'm 4th from the left in photo on page 7, Architectural Record Book, IN THE CAUSE OF ARCHITECTURE, c.1975, McGraw-Hill, publ. Texas A&M / Architecture, 1951 ~ 57 Areas of Professional Expertise/Focus: Research: Architectural Site Selection / Problems of City and Regional Planning My Personal Interests: Law / Ethics Website: http://kymak.110mb.com/background.html Forum Post: Re:Frank Lloyd Wright at 2/1/2012 2:05 PM CST In Response to James: I clearly recall in his autobiography FLW said he completed 3 1/2 years staying until near the end of the 4th year, dropping out then because he said he did not want the degree, since he was home-schooled by his school teacher mother to be an Architect. FLW thought acacemic education tends to stiffle creativity; he wanted to avoid that himself as much as possible and advised us, as apprentices at Taliesin, to unlearn it. His use of the cantilever, e.g., in his building designs: from the Robie House http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robie_House to the Imperial Hotel http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_Hotel,_Tokyo to the Kaufman House http://www.rsapc.com/projects/detail.php?id=135 and the Mile High Illinois http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Illinois show evidence of bridge design techniques learned by Civil Engineers. Unlike the curriculum in Architectural Building Design where only courses in Physics are required, Civil Engineers have courses in Chemistry which may have enabled his keen perception of the Nature of Materials. Studying the details of his Broadacre City concept http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Broadacre_City , one will see that it was largely influenced by his education in Civil Engineering. There are too many traces of CE influence to ignore because of historical revisionism http://www.jstor.org/pss/988447 . Wright was a highly motivated genius who could have finished the curriculum in short time; I suggest he entered the University of Wisconsin at about age 14 since he said he witnessed when in 1883 the South Wing of the Capitol collapsed , http://www.angelfire.com/wi/lakemendota/history.html . Architects are engineers if they understand the priciciples of the science but engineers are not architects unless they understand the principles or the art. First << 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 >> Last douglas36601's Comments Comment on: Change Agent - Architectural Record at 10/30/2013 12:31 PM CDT That is the bottom line, of course. ..."finding a way for cities to embrace the future while remaining truly democratic, open, and accessible to all." __________________________________________________ Nature and Democracy "American Democracy, in its myriad personalities, in factories, work-shops, stores, offices through the dense streets and houses of cities, and all their manifold sophisticated life must either be fibred, vitalized, by regular contact with out-door light and air and growths, farm-scenes, animals, fields, trees, birds, sun-warmth and free skies, or it will certainly dwindle and pale." Speciman Days Whitman http://www.bartleby.com/229/1248.html __________________________________________________ "And hail, to the man whose abode is Where in a town the country pursuits with the city are blended. On him lies not the pressure that painfully hampers the farmer, Nor is he carried away by the greedy ambition of cities". Goethe http://www.bartleby.com/19/4/ Polyhymnia line 30-34 __________________________________________________ Song of the Universal And thou, America! Thou too surroundest all Embracing, carrying, welcoming all, Thou too, by pathways broad and new, Approach the Ideal The measured faiths of other lands the grandeurs of the past, Are not for Thee, but grandeurs of Thine own; Deific faiths and amplitudes, absorbing, comprehending all, All in all to all. Give me, give him or her, I love this quenchless faith in thee, Whatever else withheld, withhold not from us belief in plan of thee enclosed in time and space. Transcribed by FLW from Walt Whitman (1819–1892). Leaves of Grass. 1900 254. __________________________________________________ A song of the rolling earth "When the materials are all prepared, the architects shall appear. I swear to you the architects shall appear without fail! I announce them and lead them; I swear to you they will understand you, and justify you; I swear to you the greatest among them shall be he who best knows you, and encloses all, and is faithful to all; I swear to you, he and the rest shall not forget you they shall perceive that you are not an iota less than they; I swear to you, you shall be glorified in them." Carol of Words Walt Whitman (1819-1892). Leaves of Grass. 1900. http://www.bartleby.com/142/97.html Forum Post: Re: What City Tops Your "Best Architecture" List? at 6/19/2013 11:42 AM CDT In Response to Re: What City Tops Your "Best Architecture" List? : If it fits into this scheme you will have a winner - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dab295.jpeg#.7B.7Bint:filedesc.7D.7D Try thinking along these lines, if you please. Also see: http://smartgrowthusa.wordpress.com/kymak-frank-lloyd-wright-talesin-landscape-urbanism-charles-waldheim-mohsen-mostafavi/ … http://environment.harvard.edu/landscape-architecture ”The idea of treating landscape as a medium for understanding and designing cities intrigued Charles Waldheim, the Irving professor of landscape architecture and chair of the department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. ‘ Most of our models in the field and most of our theories in the literature assumed that you get a city by piling up buildings next to each other ,’ he says. But Waldheim found this building-first mindset to be no longer culturally relevant, and instead concluded that landscape considerations should be given more prominence in city-building.” - http://environment.harvard.edu/landscape-architecture Comment on: National Civic Art Society Responds | Letters to the Editor | Architectural Record at 8/24/2012 11:37 AM CDT Justin Shubow said: ...“the classical city envisioned by Pierre L’Enfant and our nation’s Founders"... What our Nation's Founders acutally said is in the concluding paragraph of Federalist Paper #11, “Let the … States, bound together in a strict and indissoluble Union, concur in erecting one great American system, superior to the control of all transatlantic force or influence”… More: http://construction.com/community/forums.aspx?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3a36f7e928-3bec-42cc-aec8-010265c63f4aForum%3a60782df0-ab4a-4eaa-9bab-73a925d477baDiscussion%3a053dae7d-a634-4c03-b23d-baf04c26f848 Discussion Post: An American Architecture at 7/24/2012 12:11 PM CDT http://archrecord.construction.com/community/editorial/2012/1207.asp My comment follows these pertinent quotes from the article:",,,Finding the delicate balance between tradition and innovation.,,," ",,,problems of housing China’s exploding urban population are on a scale never seen in human history. Architects are at the epicenter of these dilemmas and, at their best, try to navigate between respecting the past and embracing the future. Yet tensions over how to strike such a delicate balance keep cropping up.,,," "... an organization called the National Civic Art Society wants to derail the design entirely. According to its website, 'the Society will continue to seek the restoration of the classical tradition to its rightful primacy in our nation’s capital.' The memorial as planned, says the site, 'would be an uncivil, brutal insult to the classical city envisioned by Pierre L’Enfant and our nation’s Founders.' ..." ",,,the greatest architecture conveys an aura of timelessness, it also reflects the authenticity of its own time and place...." My comment: Thomas Jefferson as architect did not like the L’Enfant design for the District of Columbia. Jefferson sought for an American Architecture beginning with City Planning as demonstrated by the Township concept of land subdivision. As for an American Architecture, that is what Wright gave us rather than follow Greco-Roman European influences to the corruption of our Novus Ordo Seclorum. City Planning in the United States has been confused and complicated by adverse European City Planning influences that are incompatible with our American system of government; the Founders of our Federal Republic in writing the United States Constitution foresaw that danger as noted in the concluding paragraph of Federalist Paper #11, “Let the … States, bound together in a strict and indissoluble Union, concur in erecting one great American system, superior to the control of all transatlantic force or influence”…http://kymak.110mb.com/introduction.html Jefferson saw that an American architecture begins with the design of the city. The six-mile square township subdivision of Counties gave limits that most big cities could fit into easily enough and it would be well if they could be so limited. I heard Frank Lloyd Wright often say at his Sunday morning breakfast lecture to Apprentices at Taliesin, "the artists' limitations are their best friend". Within those limits I eventually discovered in the course of my own 20 year search for how to design a city, viz., Joseph Smith received divine revelation in 1833 that a one mile square divided by seven each way would make a city with ten acre blocks and 132 ft. wide street rights of ways. What the Mormons missed in Salt Lake City was that urban core was meant to fit within each and every township leaving the surrounding land for farming and manufacturing industry (see - http://kymak.110mb.com/modelcity.html ).This is also what FLW envisioned in his Broadacre city concept, although his emphasis was in development along major transportation corridors to accommodate the privacy and sense of freedom and independence afforded by the automobile. City Planners under European influences having to please the politicians who have assumed the role of the architect by default, especially since early in the 20th Century, derided Wright and have so far, defeated his and Jefferson's concept of an American Architecture. I have high hopes that the KYMAK concept will enable Architects to recover their role in the design of cities by boldly asserting what is the designers' prerogative in site selection. It is now possible for Architects to coordinate the process of building cities according to a rational plan just as they now do in the buildings alone. To neglect this is contrary to State and Federal Planning Codes, due to the uncoordinated and disorderly manner in which cities grow, helter-skelter without fixed city limits.Via the KYMAK concept the social role of registered architects as coordinators of the building process can now at long last be applied to building cities. While the statutory role does not specify good design of cities, it is a matter that concerns architects in planning and coordinating the building process - and as a matter of Professional responsibility In the Cause of Architecture. Comment on: Design in the Present Tense | Editorial | Architectural Record at 7/24/2012 12:02 PM CDT My comment follows these pertinent quotes from the article: ",,,Finding the delicate balance between tradition and innovation.,,," ",,,problems of housing China’s exploding urban population are on a scale never seen in human history. Architects are at the epicenter of these dilemmas and, at their best, try to navigate between respecting the past and embracing the future. Yet tensions over how to strike such a delicate balance keep cropping up.,,," "... the “Society will continue to seek the restoration of the classical tradition to its rightful primacy in our nation’s capital “Society will continue to seek the restoration of the classical tradition to its rightful primacy in our nation’s capital.” The memorial as planned, says the site, “would be an uncivil, brutal insult to the classical city envisioned by Pierre L’Enfant and our nation’s Founders.”..." ",,,the greatest architecture conveys an aura of timelessness, it also reflects the authenticity of its own time and place...." My comment: Thomas Jefferson as architect did not like the L’Enfant design for the District of Columbia. Jefferson sought for an American Architecture beginning with City Planning as demonstrated by the Township concept of land subdivision. As for an American Architecture, that is what Wright gave us rather than follow Greco-Roman European influences to the corruption our Novus Ordo Seclorum. Forum Post: Re: U.S. Dept. of Architecture / HUDD at 5/4/2012 10:38 AM CDT Housing and Urban Development (and Design) Related Links: HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan Interview | News | Architectural Record Architects + Public Housing: Yes,You Can douglas36601 wrote: This is interesting... "BR: How do you factor effective planning into allocation of HUD dollars? SD: What the budget will accomplish beyond just an investment in more sustainable housing is an investment in planning itself... $100 million of which is going to a competition for regional planning efforts; and $40 million, combined with about $35 million in Department of Transportation funds, will be put toward local planning efforts." The role of the architect is to coordinate the building process . I think we should hope this expenditure will serve to put into effect forgotten State and Federal planning codes as noted previously: 42USCode - http://uscode.house.gov/search/criteria.shtml Urban Policy Section 4501 It is the policy of Congress to encourage the rational and orderly development of our cities, towns and rural areas ... Section 4502 (b) Existing and future programs must be inter-related and coordinated within a system of orderly development... (d)The Congress further declares that the national urban policy should - (6) Encourage planned communities. (8) increase coordination among Federal programs... _________________________________________ Community Development Section 5301 (b) The Congress further finds and declares that the future welfare of the Nation and the well being of citizens depend on the establishment and maintenance of viable urban communities, and require (1) … new centers of population ... (c) The primary objective is ... (5) ...a better arrangement of residential, commercial, industrial, ...and other needed activity centers. Note this; continuous growth of cities sprawling horizontally beyond orderly and geometrically designed limits is against the law! The law has been ignored for lack of a concept. See http://kymak.110mb.com/memo.html ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Related Links: Affordable Housing Goes Green in the Bronx douglas36601 wrote: What about " the huddled masses yearning to be free " Let us consider what American Democracy could really offer. The architects here have certainly made the best of an impossible situation: for a townhouse in the big city, Via Verde multifamily project in the South Bronx designed by Grimshaw Architects and Dattner Architects is excellent; however, I would say, most of the people living there would chose a small house on a quiet neighborhood street or a vine covered cottage in the country, if they were free. 5/1/2012 1:20 PM CDT Comment on: HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan Interview | News | Architectural Record at 5/1/2012 1:36 PM CDT This is interesting... "BR: How do you factor effective planning into allocation of HUD dollars? SD: What the budget will accomplish beyond just an investment in more sustainable housing is an investment in planning itself... $100 million of which is going to a competition for regional planning efforts; and $40 million, combined with about $35 million in Department of Transportation funds, will be put toward local planning efforts." ...we should hope this expenditure will serve to put into effect forgotten State and Federal planning codes: See http://kymak.110mb.com/memo.html Comment on: Affordable Housing Goes Green in the Bronx | News | Architectural Record at 5/1/2012 1:20 PM CDT What about "the huddled masses yearning to be free" Let us consider what American Democracy should really offer. The architects have certainly made the best of an impossible situation: for a townhouse in the big city, Via Verde multifamily project in the South Bronx designed by Grimshaw Architects and Dattner Architects is excellent; however, I should say, most of the people living there would chose a small house on a neighborhood street or a vine covered cottage in the country, if they were free. Forum Post: Re: Introduce Yourself at 2/24/2012 11:29 AM CST In Response to Introduce Yourself : FYI there is also a place for creating your profile on your Home page on this website. Just click on the link below your image. Here is a sample of what is on my profile page. Taliesin Fellow, 1958-59 I'm 4th from the left in photo on page 7, Architectural Record Book, IN THE CAUSE OF ARCHITECTURE, c.1975, McGraw-Hill, publ. Texas A&M / Architecture, 1951 ~ 57 Areas of Professional Expertise/Focus: Research: Architectural Site Selection / Problems of City and Regional Planning My Personal Interests: Law / Ethics Website: http://kymak.110mb.com/background.html Forum Post: Re:Frank Lloyd Wright at 2/1/2012 2:05 PM CST In Response to James: I clearly recall in his autobiography FLW said he completed 3 1/2 years staying until near the end of the 4th year, dropping out then because he said he did not want the degree, since he was home-schooled by his school teacher mother to be an Architect. FLW thought acacemic education tends to stiffle creativity; he wanted to avoid that himself as much as possible and advised us, as apprentices at Taliesin, to unlearn it. His use of the cantilever, e.g., in his building designs: from the Robie House http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robie_House to the Imperial Hotel http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_Hotel,_Tokyo to the Kaufman House http://www.rsapc.com/projects/detail.php?id=135 and the Mile High Illinois http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Illinois show evidence of bridge design techniques learned by Civil Engineers. Unlike the curriculum in Architectural Building Design where only courses in Physics are required, Civil Engineers have courses in Chemistry which may have enabled his keen perception of the Nature of Materials. Studying the details of his Broadacre City concept http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Broadacre_City , one will see that it was largely influenced by his education in Civil Engineering. There are too many traces of CE influence to ignore because of historical revisionism http://www.jstor.org/pss/988447 . Wright was a highly motivated genius who could have finished the curriculum in short time; I suggest he entered the University of Wisconsin at about age 14 since he said he witnessed when in 1883 the South Wing of the Capitol collapsed , http://www.angelfire.com/wi/lakemendota/history.html . Architects are engineers if they understand the priciciples of the science but engineers are not architects unless they understand the principles or the art. First << 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 >> Last

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