It feels very Victorian to sketch in a cemetery, but Oakland’s Mountain View Cemetery seems to demand such an activity. Planned by Frederick Law Olmsted, and boasting a Julia Morgan designed chapel (and Julia Morgan’s own grave), it is both… Continue Reading
I am still trying to figure out why this was the architectural solution for (what I assume) is the need for multiple exit stairs. Seems like overkill…on the other hand, I suppose it makes for a more interesting facade than a… Continue Reading
TItle: How to Be Both Author: Ali Smith Locations of note: Cambridge, London, Italy Urbanist Review: For a novel that based on themes of seeing, the places in which the story takes place are, mostly, not the subject of observation.… Continue Reading
Title: The Graveyard Book Author: Neil Gaiman Locations of note: a graveyard, Old Town Urbanist Review: Many, if not all of Neil Gaiman’s books involve taking something ordinary–the Subway (Neverwhere), a flat (Coraline), London rush hour traffic (Good Omens)–and twisting… Continue Reading
A group from my office took a sketch tour of our (office) neighborhood, looking for and at relics of the Mission’s industrial past.
TItle: Air Author: Geoff Ryman Locations of note: Kizuldah, Kurzistan Urbanist Review: Air is all about place, but it’s not the usual kind of place that science fiction is concerned with. Almost all the action takes place in Kizuldah, a… Continue Reading