Lets face it, the role of city planning throughout history has not always been to achieve Owen’s Utopia: “To come to an arrangement which is advantageous to everyone, within a system which will permit continued and unlimited technical improvement.” It’s more the case that cities have served man’s most pressing needs whether that is exchange, worship, security, water supply or simply the fact that humans are “social animals” as Aristotle noted. I would surmise that cities are a reflection of broad social movements of their time and that our environments are outcomes of social evolution. [Read more…] about A Quick History of Planning
The Festival of Sail has kicked off on Friday and continues through Labor Day weekend until Monday, Sept. 5th. Tall ships from all around the world paraded around San Diego Bay on Thursday and then docked at the Maritime Museum.
Presented by the Port of San Diego and hosted by the Maritime Museum, the festival features musical performances, [Read more…] about Festival of Sail Takes Off
Downtown San Diego is a rapid growing urban metropolis with incredible bay views and spectacular vistas. It is home to nearly 30,000 residence, with a predicted population growth of 90,000 by 2030. But, with an increasing population and an unstable economy, comes an escalating poverty-stricken community as well. The homeless population in downtown San Diego has increased in recent years. Addressing homelessness in such a vibrant city is critical to the prosperity and future of San Diego. The Center City Development Corporation (CCDC) has developed a 5 year plan in hopes of significantly reducing the homeless population in downtown San Diego. [Read more…] about Without a Home
This video is a must see for anyone interested in San Diego urban planning or architecture. If you practice in development related fields in San Diego, odds are that you have already seen it. If not, it would be nearly malpractice not to see it. Its an hour long, so set aside some time. [Read more…] about History of San Diego Urban Planning