You want to know the problem with civic centers, more than the fact that they’re becoming largely unnecessary? The problem is that we get no vetting process in the design. We get whatever we’re handed and pretty much told to deal with it.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the “Tschol” property. If you don’t know what or where that is, keep reading, I’ll explain. If you’re one of my further-flung readers, feel free to read up, but it’s heavily local, just an FYI.
History determines the future. We all know that and we’re well aware that it’s true. What happened in the past will definitely effect the outcome of tomorrow.
There is no point to beauty. It’s something that transcends the human experience, lifts us out of a world plagued by heartbreak and evil. It grants a temporary reprieve from an otherwise fruitless and monotonous schedule.
In the urbanism world we often refer to a “sense of place.” It’s this idea that we should be able to tell where we are and that our city has physical structure that makes us feel like we’re somewhere that is definable.
Over a series of articles I’m going to try and define what actually makes a place a “place.” We’ll see if I’m on or off compared to others that have tried to do the same.
I’m back from the Strong Town’s National Gathering. I’ve got to say, it was a great time and hugely influential.
I think that in America we have this problem of thinking linear. We’re a very driven and efficient (most of the time) people and we look to get things done well without sacrificing our independent spirit and our ability to recreate.
If you follow me on Twitter or are my Facebook friend, you know that I think the new Mankato middle school is a bad idea. You can read a great post about it here from my friend and Mankato native Nate Hood.
Luckily for you friends, I’m not here to talk to you about this school. Unfortunately for everyone (including the residents), I am here to talk to you about another school with a big price tag and little necessity.
We start our story in New Ulm, MN.
Much like anything in life, the finer, generally overlooked aspects of a project, place or thing can have a huge impact on people’s perceptions.
The same, obviously, can be said for cities.