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Saturday, December 5, 2020

Doug Kelbaugh

Doug Kelbaugh is Dean Emeritus of the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, a position he assumed after serving as Architecture Chair at the University of Washington from 1985-93. He recently moved back to Seattle.

20 Years Later, The “Seattle Box” Has Reinvented

Biking around Seattle to re-engage a city that I had not lived in for 21 years, I was intrigued and positively impressed with the quality of speculative housing projects. They exhibit rich texture and articulation, with colors often vivid by historical standards.

Out in Public: Rethinking our Shared Spaces?

Are cities now dangerous places due to their density? No, I believe, the face-to-face city will endure. It’s simply too productive, efficient, and advantageous. And compact cities address the existential crisis of our time -- climate change.

City-As-Heat-Island. And Then There’s COVID

The coronavirus crisis should not make us reduce the density of our cities. It’s the dense mix of uses, the walkability and bike-ability, the public transit of cities that directly combat climate change by reducing energy consumption and the carbon footprint of urban residents.

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Is a ‘National Vertical’ Such as Chalkbeat.org the Next Media Killer App?

Local dailies have great range in topics but not a lot of national synergy. Chalkbeat, by contrast, has a single topic and is "national." In this sense it is much more attuned to thy way people consume news these days -- national standards, single topic.

New COVID Death Projections: First Comes the Fire

These are staggering numbers: 90,000 deaths in January alone.

Inconvenient Truths About Those 74 Million Trump Voters

The alternative to Trump’s failures was not clearly defined. Biden said he would “follow the science,” but what did that mean? A universal mask mandate? Shutting down the economy?

Last Days of Trump: Warp-Speed Attacks on the Environment

The Trump Administration has developed a second Operation Warp Speed to lock in place far-reaching changes in environmental policy and air quality rules before January 20, 2021.

Stadiums, Sure. Bars, of Course. But Why Close Museums?

Of course some restrictions would be needed to keep them open, starting with the usual 25 percent capacity, six-foot distance, and masking requirements. But the fact that some institutions can’t operate safely in a pandemic shouldn’t doom those that can.