We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I know that we have a few readers who are interested in urban design and architecture from the comments we have had about Jane Jacobs in the past. Even insofar as many of us are suburbanites or exurbanites, we are fans of the liveable, lively city.
"This is the compendium of common sense that has flowed from Leo''s pen for over forty years. From first to last, none of it has aged; and none of it will age. It is the one indispensable book on urbanism." (Andres Duany, co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism)
Thanks for bring Leon Krier to our attention. I happen to live in a designed community of highrises which are Palladian in style (Andrea Palladio, rediscovered Roman architecture and wrote 4 books in the mid 1500s on Roman architecture).
The buildings abut a forest. The combination of the classical style and the towering evergreens is quite wonderful. When I looked up works about Palladian architecture, I discovered that Palladian style villas were created for the 16th century Venetian and Florentine businessmen and bankers, and were designed to be oases of rest for the harried businessman. I can believe this because the highrise I live in is, in fact, very restful, even though it is also quite near a bustling commercial area. Krier seems to be doing what Palladio did 500 years ago--realizing that the Romans were on to a good thing.
I am a 22 y.o architecture student from Europe currently working on my final thesis here in the US. I totally agree on your comments about Palladio's architecture. would you please be so kind to send me a picture of the highrises which are Palladian in style? That will help tremendously my thesis.
Thank you in advance for your help.