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Book Review: Ways Of The World

Ways Of The World:  A History Of The World’s Roads And Of The Vehicles That Used Them, by M.G. Lay I must admit that this is quite a remarkable and excellent book, not least because it provides a solid engineering … Continue reading

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Book Review: Castles

Castles:  Their History And Evolution In Medieval Britain, by Marc Morris For a long time I have been deeply interested in castles and had the dream of having one of my own. This book does a good job at pointing … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Design Of Everyday Things

The Design Of Everyday Things, by Donald A. Norman It’s nice to know that I’m not the only person who has serious problems with doors.  In the course of my life I have far too frequently ended up walking into … Continue reading

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Book Review: To Engineer Is Human (2)

To Engineer Is Human:  The Role Of Failure In Successful Design, by Henry Petroski There is in this particular book a sense of the dynamic nature of engineering and the sort of tension that exists between a desire for safety … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Perfectionists

The Perfectionists:  How Precision Engineers Created The Modern World, by Simon Winchester I must admit that when I started reading this book I was not very familiar with what the author meant about precision engineering.  To be sure, it is … Continue reading

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So Often At Cross-Purposes

So often it seems as if those who seek to plan and develop spaces and those who use them are at cross-purposes.  Being someone who has spent a lifetime exploring the implications of these cross-purposes, I find this to be … Continue reading

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Book Review: Compact Cabins

Compact Cabins:  62 Plans For Camps, Cottages, Lake Houses & Other Getaways, by Gerald Rowan Although this book is aimed at endorsing and advocating for small vacation properties for people as a second home, there is a great deal of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Crabgrass Frontier

Crabgrass Frontier:  The Suburbanization Of The United States, by Kenneth Jackson There is a deep problem with an author who can have nice things to say about the atrocious mass public housing efforts during the Great Depression and afterward but … Continue reading

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Book Review: Thoughts On Building Strong Towns: Volume III

Thoughts On Building Strong Towns:  Volume III, by Charles L. Marohn, Jr, et al I had deeply mixed feelings in reading this book, as my thoughts in general on the Strong Towns movement are deeply mixed [1].  On the one … Continue reading

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The Last Time I Ever Saw An Affordable House Built

I was recently reading an article from a group of people I critique and comment on sometimes [1], and I was struck by the way in which the writer of the article tried to justify the expense of much new construction.  … Continue reading

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