The architecture cruise of Manhattan on the 1920’s style yacht is exhilarating fun. You’ll see more than starchitecture. The lively and well-informed commentators (that’s my friend Arthur Platt in the hat) will open your eyes to waterfront planning, public housing, urban parks, classic buildings, campuses, cliff jumpers, and bridges, bridges, bridges - 18 of them in all. It’s a very civilized experience, complete with a complimentary drink and appetizing snacks. To learn more go to: http://www.zerve.com/SailNYC/ArchTour
The beautiful city of Damascus has no large central square in which protestors can gather en masse, according to a report on NPR. When protestors perform actions in one of the many small squares, such as throwing a rose into a fountain, evidence is quickly destroyed. Obviously, the lack of a main plaza is not the only handicap for Syrians who want to demonstrate, but it shows that urban planning can limit the potential power of large crowds in public spaces. Tiananman Square, Tahrir Square, Pearl Square, on the other hand, have all taken their places in history as iconic settings for revolutionary actions. I wonder whether these events will have any influence on the design of cities in the future?