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Baseball is continuous. Society is not. Cyber will change all metrics once it gets past the infantile gadget stage.

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Identifying the “Sabermetrics” of Urbanism | PlaceMakers

Well now er um. As an old Doxiadis auditor, I am familiar with this thinking in a younger iteration. As a born and raised New Yorker, I know what a block is. But as one who has thought for a lifetime about cities and particularly about metrics, come to think of it, I believe this suffers from a failure to see the self-evident. What is self-evident but missed? The answer is: The imperative to separate oil and the automobile from its central control of everything else. Once make these things peripheral, and the scales will fall from our eyes. We will not lose these anymore than we lost horses, But they will no longer influence all else we do and think. My metric is drawn from my reading of Christopher Alexander coupled with my own evolution of his thinking. It arrives at the concept of the cyber-community which is 10,000 persons of all sorts living by choice in a community that is car free, no more than four levels high, stairless, lego-like and so on and so forth. I see it all. It does not exist. Neither did the car once. I outline it in my largely-ignored book, Triadic Philosophy.

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New Kindle Book: “Values and the Future (Revaluation of Values)”

Values and the Future (Revaluation of Values) is now available at the Kindle Store

Nietzsche said revaluation of values is the supreme task of the philosopher. Nietzsche called philosophers lawgivers. And yet the world continues to operate as though values were not something we are called to revise, develop, enunciate. The position of these recent reflections is allied with Nietzsche. The values suggested are vastly different from the usual, traditional pantheon.

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10 Percent Of Homeowners Projected To Hit Major ‘Walk Away’ Point By June 2010

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Pattern Language — Different Chairs

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Different Chairs

May be part of Sequence of Sitting Spaces (142)Sitting Circle (185)Built-In Seats (202)


People are different sizes; they sit in different ways. And yet there is a tendency in modern times to make all chairs alike.


Never furnish any place with chairs that are identically the same. Choose a variety of different chairs, some big, some small, some softer than others, some with rockers, some very old, some with arms, some wicker, some wood, some cloth.

May contain Pools of Light (252).



Or chairs, period.

Starbucks tried something like this, but generally public places avoid catering to the natural desire to have a place to sit. Down the block glass started to fall from the high rise and the sitting area has been closed ever since.  A block sourh they had tables and chairs and then took them away. We could make thousands of jobs just taking care of tables and chairs.

There is hope. On the street below me traffic has been zapped and there are tables and chairs. It;’s a party every night. One day public space will improve. It has to. As to inside the places where we dwell, the above is apposite.

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Pattern Language — Things from Your Life

Almost everything Christopher Alexander says is worth repeating until it penetrates the skulls of high and low. This for example:

Things from Your Life


“Decor” and conception of “interior design” have spread so widely, that very often people forget their instinct fir the things they really want to keep around them.


Do not be tricked into believing that modern decor must be slick or psychedelic, or natural or modern art, or plants or anything else that current taste makers claim. it is most beautiful when it comes straight from your life- the things you care for, the things that tell your story.

SOURCE Don’t bother. The Pattern Language people overstepped the bounds and zappen the best site for understanding pattern lingo. Sad. “Due to a copyright claim by Christopher Alexander and the Center for Environmental Structure this resource is no longer available.” 


The more I think about it the more angry I get at the media’s veneration of design and architecture that has nothing to do with Alexander’s concerns. The NYT is a textbook example of this blindness. AMENDMENT: When they get around to seeing the obsolescence of contemporary society and the desecration of community and the end of oil and the end of cars, they will wake up. (2014)

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Sustainable Green Living in a Few Easy Steps

Going green is great, but as you point out it is not as easy as magazines suggest. I believe we will start licking things like climate change and over-consumption only when forced by circumstance to see that what is unsustainable is our present world of detached houses, exurbs, reliance on the automobile and dependence on oil.

The future lies in the integration of high tech with the insights of Christopher Alexander and the authors of Pattern Language. For more please visit:

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Christopher Alexander Is Making More Sense Every Day

I used to think that Christopher Alexander’s first pattern, the one that underlies all, was the height of idealism, impractical, dispensable.

But it is looking smarter day by day.

Christopher Alexander’s Pattern Language I Independent Regions

What I find persuasive is the idea that we cannot really have a sustainable global economy unless our communities or human settlements are themselves sustainable. This means that they must be large enough and concentrated enough to have viable economies.

The problem with metrosprawl is that everything that relates to viable economy is miles away and requires multiple automobiles. This wastes resources, depletes wallets and defeats sustainability.

But a mixed usage settlement that is techno-savvy and green at the same time has the capacity to have its own cultural base, its own shopping, its pedestrian accesses.

Where I would differ from Alexander would be on coordinating the sizes. It seems to me an ideal size for a sustainable settlement shades toward 10,000 with nodes that would be larger. Any sort of representation would need to be calibrated to populations I feel. Otherwise we would end up with the Olympia Snowe problem. Disproportionate power to representatives of low pop areas.

We may never move beyond nations, though there are arguments for doing do. But we can at least begin to recalibrate settlements with attention to simple principles of economy that see the deleterious consequences of our phony abundance society whole.