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"The soul created the arts wherever they have flourished. It was in his own mind that the artist sought his mod el. 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 Go thic 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."
This website is about the Cause of Architecture and the problems of City Planning. References to Scripture are purely coincidental to give credit where credit is due. The KYMAK concept of City and Regional planning develops the cul ture and system of government envisioned by the Founders of our Nation from the first settlers in Virginia in 1609, and Massachusetts in 1620, to our Declaration of Independence in 1776 and our sacred Federal Union by the United States Constitution of 1789 continuing to this day whereby the Law expresses the will of the People. If we will reverence the law, KYMAK shows us how to stop Urban Sprawl while assuring rapid growth with the benefits of Beauty - KYMAK de monstrates how to design cities in accordance with the Law which will enable an aesthetic order that would relieve the unrest that causes crime and mental illness. It is in the interest of public health and safety that KYMAK guidelines be adopted as the basis of all Federal funding for Transportation and Urban and Community development. KYMAK's point of beginning (POB) is near the center of population now; therefore, one goal of KYMAK is to relocate the seat of government from Washington, DC to Jackson County, Missouri. Site Selection is the Architect's prerogative, although that has been a lost cause until now. KYMAK makes it very clear, Site Selection is the Architect's prerogative in their role as the coordinators of the building process. It is time to allow Architects to take charge of the building process, beginning with Site Selection. The solution combines the prophetic future cities described by Ezekiel and the Apostle John in The Bible with the ideas of two AIA Gold Medal recipient architects: the orderly Township Scheme of Thomas Jefferson and the uniquely American Democratic city planning concept of Frank Lloyd Wright.
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 (Listen) .
Compare: CCC 1889 "Without the help of grace, men would not know how "to discern the often narrow path between the cowardice which gives in to evil, and the vio lence which under the illusion of fighting evil only makes it worse."
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"And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, 750,000 reeds (1500 miles)."
Eastern States 42USCode Section 4502(b)
Western States 42USCode Section 5301(b)
Mobile Region Alabama Code: 11-85-4
"In the eyes of the Puritans this was the peculiar opportunity of New England. Why not for once see what true orthodoxy could accomplish Why not in one unspoiled corner of the world declare a truce on doubts, on theological bickering. Here at last men could devote their full energy to applying Christianity -- not to clarifying doctrine but to building Zion."
Daniel J. Boorstin,
The Americans - The Colonial Experience, Chapter One.
Theopolis Americana versus Corruption of the market place
"Thou shalt ask and it shall be revealed unto you in my own due time where the New Jerusalem shall be built." (44:47)
"And thus saith the Lord your God...the place which is now called Independence (Missouri) is the center place"... (57:3)
"I have many times asked the question, where is the man that knows how to lay the first rock for the wall that is to surround the New Jerusalem or the Zion of God on the earth...He has called upon us to do this work; and if we will let Him work by, through, and with us, He can accomplish it.
Brigham Young, April 17,1870
Journal of Discourses 13:313
Compare: CCC 307 "To human beings God even gives the power of freely sharing in his providence by entrusting them with the responsibility of "subduing" the earth and having dominion over it. God thus enables men to be intelligent and free causes in order to complete the work of creation, to perfect its harmony for their own good and that of their neighbors. Though often unconscious collaborators with God's will, they can also enter deliberately into the divine plan by their actions, their prayers and their sufferings. They then fully become "God's fellow workers" and co-workers for his kingdom."
"Which city shall be built, beginning at the temple lot, which is appointed by the finger of the Lord, in the western boundaries of the State of Missouri"... (84:3)
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.
Nature and Democracy
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.
Polyhymnia line 30-34
This enterprise is the professional and ethical responsibility of architects, and they have the legal and moral support of the people in various statutes at all levels of government; architects may not be trained to understand these laws, but implementation is not a forlorn hope because the general public is informed and duly motivated to demand something better than what we have now. KYMAK can supply this demand which has been a practical and technical impossibility. It is a revolutionary concept but one that can be accomplished peaceably.
American Democracy was founded on the principle of the sovereignty of the individual. With his insight as an architect, Thomas Jefferson observed, "The mobs of great cities add just so much to the support of pure government, as sores do to the strength of the human body." - Notes on Virginia p. 291 et seq.(other). Over the past 100 years or so we have gradually moved into large cities; while this arrangement gives seeming economic security, it compromises the sovereignty and liberty of the citizen and makes one tend to rely more and more on government for jobs and services in a confusing kind of feudal dependency which can eventually reduce the people to chains and slavery under a despotic government. Forms of Feudalism in big city Government are in diametrical opposition to the Federal Republic our U.S. Constitution gave us in 1789 - which is one reason we hear anti-federalist big city politicians complaining about the Federal Government. These big cities are economically bankrupt. Cities can be designed so that the independence of living on the land can also be assured; those who will be farmers can be, with their small farms integrated into the fabric of the city. The KYMAK urban core can provide all the luxuries, attractions and benefits of living in a densely populated city. Cites can thus become economically self sufficient. This form of city will restrain the power of government over the lives of His Majesty the Citizen and will enhance individual liberty and security; such is the basis of the KYMAK concept which is dedicated to the proposition that government with the consent of the governed shall not perish from the earth.
"I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries as long as they are chiefly agricultural; and this will be as long as there shall be vacant lands in any part of America. When they get piled upon one another in large cities as in Europe, they will become corrupt as in Europe." Thomas Jefferson, (as architect & city planner)
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. We wouldn't be pursuing a cold war. We would be pursuing a great endeavor to plant, rear, and nurture a civilization. And we would have a ure that would convince the whole world. We'd have all the Russians in here on us, working for us - with us, not afraid that we were going to destroy them or destroy anybody else. 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 (Listen) .
Compare: CCC 1889 "Without the help of grace, men would not know how "to discern the often narrow path between the cowardice which gives in to evil, and the vio lence which under the illusion of fighting evil only makes it worse."13 This is the path of charity, that is, of the love of God and of neighbor. Charity is the greatest social commandment. It respects others and their rights. It requires the practice of justice, and it alone makes us capable of it."
We really have nothing to fear if we follow the laws of orderly development. In his Broadacre City concept, see The Living City, c. 1958, Wright noted that the best defense against weapons of mass destruction would be the kind of decentralized city he envisioned, and as KYMAK dem onstrates on these web pages. YHWH provides
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
"Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which animates all whom it floats, and you are without effort impelled to truth, to right, and a perfect contentment. Then you put all gainsayers in the wrong. Then you are the world, the measure of right, of truth, of beauty. If we will not be mar-plots with our miserable interferences, the work, the society, letters, arts, science, religion of men would go on far better than now, and the heaven predicted from the beginning of the world, and still predicted from the bottom of the heart, would organize itself, as do now the rose, and the air, and the sun."
"Wealth has its source in applications of the mind to nature, from the rudest strokes of spade and axe, up to the last secrets of Art. Intimate ties subsist between thought and all production; because a better order is equivalent to vast amounts of brute labor." (Intelligence is capital)
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.
Whatever else withheld, withhold not from us,
Belief in plan of Thee, enclosed in Time and Space.
Transcribed from Walt Whitman by FLW.
By law the seat of government must be located near the center of population. KYMAK's point of beginning (POB) is near the center of population now. It was marked prophetically to be the future seat of government in 1831 and is now a National Historical Site. Relocation of the seat of government to Independence, Missouri was suggested by City Planners and by President Truman during his term of office. The two marker stones placed on the site in 1831 (enlarged view) are on an angle bearing North 11.75 degrees East which is the diagonal of the square - this is a builders or surveyors device to determine orientation of the building and all building projects within the city. It applies to the 1500-mile square and by extension to the infrastructure of our entire nation. One goal of KYMAK is to relocate the seat of government from Washington, DC (the center of population in 1800) to Missouri (the center of population in the year 2000) around an orderly and systematic plan as required by law, rather than traditional helter-skelter haphazard development, future development is so coordinated and interrelated that planning guidelines for any size or type project whether a garden or landscape layout, a house, an office building, a factory, government center, a church, a road, a street, or a subdivision, etc., may begin at any point anywhere in the country.
This website is about the Cause of Architecture and the problems of City Planning. References to Scripture are purely coincidental to give credit where credit is due. The great American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright in his treatise on City Planning said Art, Science and Religion are inseparable parts of a whole. It was after 20 years of research that I found the solution to the problems of Urban Design and Planning was in two future cities described in Scripture; answers to all the problems of life in the Universe no matter how simple or complex the problem are in Scripture - no wonder this great book has such universal appeal.
When I became aware of the problem in 1957, City Planning experts said no one could design a city. They admitted they had to fake it in order to please the politicians who demanded it of them; now, it has become a tradition that makes the law of no effect. City leaders need a comprehensive master plan to get federal funding. The city planning profession was a well intended creation of the banking industry from the 1920's. Bankers as land owners had assumed the site-selection function but without the knowledge and skill that was vested in architects by virtue of education and training. Most Architects neglected this function due to its complexity and because they could not make a living in competition with the banking industry. Now, everyone is in so deep and so entangled that it is practically impossible to get out. I avoided that simply by finding some other way to make a living. Each week I spent three days as a temporary worker in a wide variety of tasks; the remaining three days I spent in libraries doing research.
Legislation prohibiting land owners from subordinating the role of Architects in the site selection process would effect Banks and others in the site selection business. The KYMAK plan would give coordinated guidelines to property owners that would lead to orderly and systematic development required by laws already on the books. This issue can best be resolved on a National level by the power of Congress to regulate commerce among the Several States - a power generally usurped by the States; one step to recovering this power would be for Congress to adopt the KYMAK plan as the basis of current Federal funding of State and Municipal building projects such as highways and urban and community development.
"It can never be too often repeated, that the time for fixing every essential right on a legal basis is while our rulers are honest, and ourselves united. From the conclusion of this war we shall be going downhill. It will not then be necessary to resort every moment to the people for support. They will be forgotten therefore, and their rights disregarded. They will forget themselves, but in the sole faculty of making money, and will never think of uniting to effect a due respect for their rights. The shackles, therefore, which shall not be knocked off at the conclusion of this war, will remain on us long, will be made heavier and heavier, till our rights shall revive or expire in convulsions." - August 1776
"All successful men have agreed in one thing, they were causationists. They believed that things went not by luck, but by law"
Heaven on Earth
This site is a work in progress.
As a matter of Architecture and City Planning the idea is technically complete and viable; but over the past 100 years politicians have ignorantly assumed the role of the architect by default for lack of a concept that completely satisfies the planning code as the KYMAK concept now does. It is the function and duty of the County Architect to enforce the planning code.
Now, there can be a smooth and orderly transition to planned development following KYMAK guidelines over a period of time, say five to ten years. Projects already started and nearing completion can be continued to completion in a safe and leisurely manner, with excellent workmanship, with due care for the environment and with safety first.
After careful planning following KYMAK planning guidelines with the entire building process coordinated by local Architects as hereby proposed - smooth and orderly land development, of all buildings and road construction - will go at a very rapid pace such as rarely if ever seen. This will require the willing and enthusiastic cooperation of community leaders; enforcing the planning code cannot be by coercion or any compulsory means.
KYMAK planning guidelines are able to comprehend, to absorb and to build upon what already exists and make it work better.
Last updated 3/30/2011 (Renewing 7/15/14)