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Know Your Classical Orders

Architecture is fun! Because it's inherently interesting and also because you can impress your friends by casually dropping things like "oh, what a nice example of an Ionic column," so let's get a-learning. 

Here's a really short version: our friends the Greeks and Romans generally built temples in three "orders" - Doric, Ionic and Corinthian

These styles are characterized, among other things, by the type of column used, and that's...

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The Four-Story Limit

In honor of our recent class on Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses, I thought I'd write up a quick note on my favorite urban planning rule of thumb: the four-story limit, an idea popularized in Christopher Alexander's A Pattern Language

Simply, it's the idea that buildings in a residential neighborhood are best kept to four stories or lower, with anything taller taking "people away from the ground, and away from the casual, every-day...

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