Author Archives: Theo Mackey Pollack
The Singer Building was an early skyscraper that respected the skyline.
Photographer Jacob Riis charted the perils of industrial urbanism, still seen in this corner of the Lower East Side.
The dark force in Hopper’s imagery is not urbanism—it is the disruptive march of industry.
After decades of decline, the wonderland of Springsteen’s youth is at a hopeful crossroads.
Vitruvius’ De architectura remains the cornerstone of the canon of traditional Western urbanism.
Contemporary planners have much to learn from past masters as well.
Camillo Sitte was a champion of traditional European urbanism.
A classic work reminds us that placemaking is more art than science.
Together we can correct restrictions that drive up prices and squeeze potential residents out of our cities.
As today’s urbanists work to recover the art of planning, Raymond Unwin’s era remains uniquely instructive.
Working and middle-class cooperative buildings were an invention of civil society.
A century ago, unencumbered by zoning, developers built humane urban residences for the middle class.
A lack of regulation led to public-health concerns, but also produced great neighborhoods and innovations.
from The American Conservative