City Builder Series: The Planner

February 3, 2020 in City Builder Series

John sits down with Larry Beasley to discuss what it means to be an urban planner, the best they can bring to city building and some problematic planning practices. 

Planners help design the city, manage the day-to-day of the city, and build relationships with citizens to act on collective visions of the city. But sometimes plans aren’t implemented properly. And sometimes, planners become risk averse. Tune in to hear more thoughts from Larry Beasley.


The Laws of Settlements

June 24, 2019 in Design, History

From a small Nova Scotia town to booming Barcelona to the mega-city of Jakarta, are there any laws that govern all human settlements? Are there consistent patterns that manage where people live, across scale and time? 

Back in the sixties, an architect and planner named Constantinos Doxiadis explored this question. He sought to understand the complexity and growth of human settlements. In his 1968 book called Ekistics: An Introduction to the Science of Human Settlements, Doxiadisspent 527 pages proposing a science of settlements. 

Today I am talking with Erick Villagomez, an urban designer, professor and writer in Vancouver who has revived and expanded on some elements of Doxiadis’ work. In 2017, Erick self-published a book called The Laws of Settlements.