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 Department of Urban Planning

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 

       دكتور/ محسن صلاح الدين يوسف    

 جامعـــة الملك ســـــعود  

Dr. Mohsen Salah Eldin Youssef 

Office# :   2221

Tel# :       01 4696562 

Assistant Professor
Department of Urban Planning

College of Architecture and Planning

King Saud University 



  PO Box : 57448 
Riyadh 11574

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 

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You will be content with a given grade if it reflects your knowledge and effort, Always be honest with yourself … Don't hesitate to question … Always work too hard don't forget a thing, but don't take life too seriously … Treat professors with respect … Read the assigned readings … Acknowledge that you can learn something new from each new experience … Be an active participant in the learning experience … Organize your life to incorporate time for studying and assignments … … Don't lose sight of the goal, and take advantage of the opportunities to learn and be a smart student... ... ...Don't forget that The very beginning for everything is بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم ... ... ...


{وَقُلِ اعْمَلُواْ فَسَيَرَى اللّهُ عَمَلَكُمْ وَرَسُولُهُ وَالْمُؤْمِنُونَ

وَسَتُرَدُّونَ إِلَى عَالِمِ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ فَيُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ }


Always Work too Hard,
Don’t Forget a Thing,
Don’t Take Life too seriously





    • All students are invited to meet me at office hours
    • Students in project 2 are requested to obtain the 3 assigned books and bring their drawing set every time in the studio.
    •   Assigned books for project 2 as  minimum required references are as follows:
  •   Concept Source Book, Edward White
  •   Site Analysis,Edward White
  •   Landscape Graphics,Grant
  •   Further Text Books & References for Project 2:   Site Planning, Kevin Lynch -   Space Adjacency Analysis, Edward White.


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A Final Harvest for the 20th   Century Literature

E Books  1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , Wikibooks

 Top 2009  Planning & Urban Design Books

Planning Movements, Growth Management, New Urbanism, Participation & Empowerment, Citizen Participation, Communication, Conflict Resolution, Visioning, Types of Spatial Plans, Comprehensive Planning, Neighborhood Planning, Regional Planning, Site Plans, Small Town & Rural Planning, Suburbia, Urban Design, Types of Functional Plans, Bicycle Planning, Disaster-Mitigation Planning, Economic Planning, Facilities-Infrastructure Planning, Housing Planning, Parks & Recreation Planning, Pedestrian Planning, Preservation Planning, Public Health Planning, Transit Planning, Transportation Planning, Tourism & Resort Planning, Places & Place Making, City Form, Corridors, Development Types, Districts, Downtowns, Land Development, Safety, Signs, Regions, Places, Streetscapes, Transit-Oriented Development, Land & Environmental Issues, Air, Climate, Farming, Forestry, Land, Water, Economic Issues, Commercial & Industrial, Community Development, Redevelopment-Revitalization, Planning Methods, Analysis Techniques, Impact Assessment, Market Analysis, Projections & Demand Analysis, Visualization, Infrastructure, Parking, Public Works, Transportation Facilities, Utilities, Planning Management & Finance, Finance, Planning Administration, Management, Information Technology, Computer Software, Maps & Surveys, Careers & Planning Profession, Planning Theory , and more ↓↓↓↓↓↓



The Endless City

The Concrete Dragon: China's Urban Revolution and What It Means For the World

A Better Way to Zone: Ten Principles to Create More Livable Cities

Who’s Your City

Visioning and Visualization: People, Pixels, and Plans

Form-Based Codes: A Guide for Planners, Urban Designers, Municipalities, and Developers

Century of the City

Hyper border: The Contemporary U.S.-Mexico Border and Its Future

Hungry City

Growing Greener Cities: Urban Sustainability in the Twenty-First Century

Retooling for Growth: Building a 21st Century Economy in America's Older Industrial Areas

Mobility First: A New Vision For Transportation In A Globally Competitive Twenty-First Century



Top 2008  Planning & Urban Design Books 

Visualizing Density
by Julie Campoli and Alex S. MacLean
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 152 pages

 The Option of Urbanism: Investing in a New American Dream
by Christopher B. Leinberger
Island Press, 224 pages

 The Great Neighborhood Book: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Placemaking
by Jay Walljasper
New Society Publishers, 173 pages

 The Best-Laid Plans: How Government Planning Harms Your Quality of Life, Your Pocketbook, and Your Future
by Randal O'Toole
Cato Institute, 416 pages

 Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design With Nature
by Douglas Farr
Wiley, 256 pages

 Sustainable Design: Ecology, Architecture, and Planning
by Daniel E. Williams, David W. Orr and Donald Watson
304 pages

Smart Growth in a Changing World
by Jonathan Barnett, F. Kaid Benfield, Paul Farmer, Shelley Poticha, Robert Yaro and Armando Carbonell

University of Chicago Press, 148 pages

 Last Harvest: How a Cornfield Became New Daleville
by Witold Rybczynski
Scribner, 320 pages

 Immigrants and Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for the Future of America
by Dowell Myers
Russell Sage Foundation Publications, 356 pages

Charrettes for Sustainable Communities
by Patrick M. Condon
Island Press, 192 pages

Other Titles      

Planning and Urban Design Standards : The latest addition to " Time Saver " the respected Graphic Standard, 736pp.

Site Analysis: A Contextual Approach to Sustainable Land Planning and Site Design (2nd Edition)
by James A. LaGro Jr.
Wiley, 384 pages 

Boomburbs: The Rise of America's Accidental Cities
by Robert E. Lang and Jennifer B. LeFurgy
Brookings Institution Press, 212 pages

 Regenerating Older Suburbs
by Richard B. Peiser
Urban Land Institute, 217 pages


APA Topics of Planning and Urban Design Books

  Planning Movements: City Beautiful , Contextualism , Garden Cities , Global Planning , Green Communities , Growth Management , New Urbanism , Smart Growth , Sustainability
  Participation & Empowerment: Charrettes , Citizen Participation , Communication , Conflict Resolution , Visioning
  Types of Spatial Plans: Comprehensive Planning ,  Neighborhood Planning , Regional-Inter-government Planning , Site Plans , Small Town & Rural Planning , Suburbia , Urban Design
   Types of Functional Plans: Bicycle Planning , Disaster-Mitigation Planning , Economic Planning , Facilities-Infrastructure Planning , Housing Planning , Parks & Recreation Planning , Pedestrian Planning , Preservation Planning , Public Health Planning , Transit Planning , Transportation Planning , Tourism & Resort Planning
   Places & Place Making: City Form , Corridors , Cultural Facilities , Design Considerations , Development Types , Districts , Downtowns , Land Development , Places , Regions , Safety , Signs , Streetscapes , Transit-Oriented Development
   Land & Environmental Issues: Air , Biodiversity , Climate , Farming , Forestry , Mining , Water
   Human & Social Issues: Diversity , Environmental Justice , Social Equity
   Financial & Economic Issues: Capital Improvement Programming , Commercial & Industrial , Finance , Human Capital , Impact Fees , Redevelopment-Revitalization , Tax Increment Financing
   Planning Methods: Analysis Techniques , Demographics , Impact Assessment , Market Analysis , Projections & Demand Analysis , Statistics , Surveys , Visualization
   Infrastructure Planning: Building Types , Green Infrastructure , Parking , Public Works , Transportation Facilities , Utilities
  Planning Management & Finance: Budgeting , Finance , Management , Planning Administration , Strategic Planning
   Information Technology: Computer Software , GIS-Geographic Information System, Maps & Surveys , Telecommunications
   Careers & Planning Profession: Biography , Consultants , Ethics , Planning Education , Planning History , Planning Theory , Private Practice , Youth in Planning
   Commissions & Boards: Boards of Adjustment , Planning Commission

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Professional Philosophy

My  planning and urban design philosophy was inspired by the wisdom stated in Sir Patrick Geddes literature "Every Place has a true personality, a personality too much asleep it may be, but which it is the task of the planner - as master artist – to awaken. And only he can do this, the one who is in love and feel at home with his subject, the love in which high intuition supplements knowledge, and arouses his fullest intensity of expression."  Patrick Geddes 

. . . We must plan for the future because people who stay in the present will remain in the past, Abraham Lincoln . . . A city is more than a place in space; it is a drama in time, Patrick Geddes . . . Every culture has its characteristic drama, the stage on which this drama is in acted, with the most skilled actors and a full supporting company and specially designed scenery, is the city, Lewis Mumford . . . Automobiles need quantity and pedestrians need quality - Dan Burden . . . Cars are happiest when there are no other cars around, People are happiest when there are other people around. - Dan Burden . . . It is not the strongest of the species that survive, or the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. - Charles Darwin . . . On the failure of planning as process: when the job seems too difficult, the tool is probably wrong. - Andres Duany . . . The street, which is the public realm of America, is now a barrier to community life. - Andres Duany . . . The more parking space, the less sense of place- Jane Holtz Kay. . . Whatever a traffic engineer tells you to do, do the opposite and you'll improve your community. - Fred Kent . . . Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf. - Lewis Mumford . . . Infill development is publicly cheap but privately expensive, while sprawl is publicly expensive but privately cheap. - James Nicholas . . . Cities are for people, they are not traffic corridors. John Norquist. . . A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow. - George S. Patton . . . A city can be friendly to people or it can be friendly to cars, but it can't be both. – Enrique Penalosa . . . 50 years ago, city planning practices and codes moved from being community unifiers to suburban dividers. - Tom Walsh . . . For the first time in human history, people are systematically building meaningless places. - E.V. Walter . . . Design is in everything we make, but it's also between those things. It's a mix of craft, science, storytelling, propaganda, and philosophy. ERIK ADIGARD . . . Let each person exercise the art they know best. ARISTOPHENES . . . If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts. But if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties. FRANCIS BACON . . . Wondering is the key to progress. GERALD HORTON BATH . . . Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination. DANIEL BELL . . . Graphics is the visual means of resolving logical problems. BERTIN . . . To say that something is designed means it has intentions that go beyond its function. Otherwise it's just planning. AYSE BIRSEL . . . Art is passion practiced with great discipline. Science is discipline practiced with great passion. DR. KEITH BLACK . . . The opposite of every great idea is another great idea. NIELS BOHR . . . Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood. DANIEL BURNHAM . . . When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. E. JEFFEREY CONKLIN & WILLIAM WEIL . . . Form follows function straight to hell. ALAN COOPER . . . Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them. ALBERT EINSTEIN . . . We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. ALBERT EINSTEIN . . . Form follows emotion. HARTMUT ESSLINGER . . . If design isn't profitable, then it's art. HENRIK FISKER . . . Form follows finances instead of function. IRA FLATOW. . . Write things worth reading, or do the things worth the writing. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN . . . Form follows function. HORATIO GREENOUGH (popularized by LOUIS SULLIVAN) . . . Success has many fathers. JOHN F. KENNEDY . . . A design isn't finished until somebody is using it. BRENDA LAUREL . . . Ugliness does not sell. RAYMOND LOEWY . . . Simplicity of device is always the sign of the master, whether in science or in art . RICHARD C. MACLAURIN . . . Design is intelligence made visible. DON NEWGREN . . . A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist. LOUIS NIZER . . . Attractive things work better. DONALD NORMAN . . . Style impresses, true beauty expresses. CHRIS PACIONE . . . The only important thing about design is how it relates to people. VICTOR PAPANEK . . . Chance favors the prepared mind. LOUIS PASTEUR . . . Form follows failure. HENRY PETROSKI . . . Every act of creation is first an act of destruction. PABLO PICASSO . . . Less is more. LUDWIG MIES van der ROHE . . . The design process, at its best, integrates the aspirations of art, science, and culture. JEFF SMITH . . . Vision is the art of seeing things invisible. JONATHAN SWIFT . . . Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. ALBERT von SZENT-GYORGY. . . Beauty is the result of clarity and system and not of optical illusion. HENRY van de VELDE . . . Less is a bore. ROBERT VENTURI . . . Common sense is not so common. VOLTAIRE . . . Planning is everything; plans are nothing. HELMUTH von MOLTKE . . . Home is no longer a location, home is a concept. I want the feelings of home wherever I am. WATTS WACKER . . . Imagination is imitative — the real innovation lies in criticism. OSCAR WILDE . . . I never design a building before I've seen the site and met the people who will be using it. FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT . . . Less is more only where more is no good. FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT . . . . . .


 Personal Philosophy



      My life philosophy and vision was inspired by the essential principle in Islam, which is the holly and absolute oneness of Allah, and the absolute duality of creatures. The duality concept was known in ancient Chinese culture, and appeared in Hegel's work, whose philosophy of idealism, was based on the conception of logic in which conflicts and contradictions are regarded as necessary elements of truth, and truth is regarded as a process rather than a fixed state of things. This idea explains the principle of absolute existence for any opposing forces in every creature and idea in the universe. And that the governing rule of it is rhythm. So once you identify the opposing forces in any debate, you can better evaluate the issue and establish your own position and attitude.



Teaching Philosophy



I treat teaching as an opportunity to inspire and empower. As a planning and urban design teacher, it is my goal to enhance student learning as a transformative experience. Ideally, I want students to feel personally changed by their participation in my courses. It is my expectation that students not only learn from me and from each other, but that I learn from them as well. The connection and energy established between my students and me is a powerful teaching technique that I develop in creating an optimal learning experience. By sharing with them my teaching objectives, students know that I am invested in them. Besides my role as the instructor or coach is not only a source of knowledge, but also a source of spiritual support and an avenue for other resources. Students always expect that I am approachable, available to answer questions, and genuinely invested in their academic success.



Areas of Interest


        Urban Creativity  

 A newly very interesting and useful built web part for all future planners, urban designers, architects, and most academic students who seeks the digital age concepts, techniques, and thinking methods which will be totally different and unique 


 Urban Personality

  Though the term "Urban Personality" looks unfamiliar to most urban and architectural expertise, the concept and its interpretations are usually used in different ways and forms, "Urban Character, Urbanity, and Place Identity"


   Urban Lexicology

  This newly constructed web part aims at sharing my personal point of view about the Arabic origins of most key words in English & French language (Architecture, Urbanism, Civilization, community...Etc.)


  A Tale of Two Cities

This web part is not a kind of imitation to the great work of Charles Dickens, though the name of the research project is inspired from his impressive novel.



 Future Horizons


21st Century Urbanism


 Ecological Designs &  Dynamic Architecture 

 Published Arabic articles at the Journal of Saudi Umran Society, Discussing Transformations, Predictions, and expectations of the digital age revolutionary change in planning and urban design field . Arabic Epilogues and more futuristic Links    

  ¤ Language and Urbanism, the Evolution of Communication Means and its Impact on Urbanism … … …¤ 21st Century Urbanism, Cultural Transformations and the Writings of Pioneers … … …¤ Between the Two Ages: A Strategic Vision for the Saudi New Towns in the 21st Century … … … ¤ A Final Harvest for the 20th Century Urban Planning Legacy … … …

بين العصرين : رؤية إستراتيجية للمدينة السعودية الجديدة فى القرن21

مقال منشور بمجلة العمران ـ العدد (3) لسنة 1428 ـ الجمعية السعودية لعلوم العمران


خاتمة المقال...  ...  وأخيراً فإن أبرز ما يميز العصر القادم هو قدرة الفرد والمجتمع علي عملية التكييف المستمر  مع سرعة التطور والتقدم ، ذلك العصر الذي سيكون الثابت الوحيد فيه هو سرعة التغير ، وهى المهارة والقدرة الأساسية التي يجب أن تسعى لغرسها برامج ومؤسسات التعليم والتنمية البشرية بالمملكة بكافة مستوياتها وأشكالها ، فى ظل التغيير الزمن / مكاني ، كرؤية معاصرة للوصول إلي رسم خريطة إستراتيجية لتنمية العمران السعودي في القرن (21) بحيث يقدم أسلوبا جديدا في الحياة وفقا لروح العصر وشخصية المكان وعبقريته .


 اللغة والعمران: تطور أساليب التواصل المعرفي وأثرها على العمران

مقال منشور بمجلة الديرة – العدد (21) المحرم / صفر 1426 – الجمعية السعودية لعلوم العمران


خاتمة المقال...  ... وهكذا لعبت اللغة " كوسيلة للتواصل المعرفي" دورا محوريا فى تشكيل العمران البشرى ، فيما ولدت صوتية منذ فجر  الحضارة ، وتطورت إلى بصرية أو منسوخة باليد بالحضارات القديمة ، ثم مطبوعة فى عصور أوروبا الوسطى ، وحاليا (وفى عصر ما بعد الصناعة أو عصر المعلوماتية ) أصبحت منحوتة فى اسطوانات ممغنطة أو منقولة بسرعات هائلة عبر الانترنت . وكانت فى كل مرحلة جديدة تحدث تغييرا جذريا فى كافة أشكال الحضارة والعمران . فاللغة و بلا جدال ( وكما قال عنها السلف ) هي وعاء الحضارة ، بل ووعاء العمران ، وهى  كائن حي ذو جسد وروح ، حتى قال عنها الجاحظ : " اللفظ للمعنى جسد ، والمعنى للفظ روح"... ومع بدايات  القرن(21) يبرز السؤال : ما هو  الشكل الجديد للغة الذي سيحدث ثورة فى شكل العمران ؟ وهل ستلعب حروف (e. + @ + WWW) هذا الدور ؟ أم أن حروف ( ¥ + € + $ ) ستكون هي المهيمنة على مستقبل الحضارة والعمران ؟!!



عمران القرن 21 التحول الحضاري وكتابات المفكرين

مقال منشور بمجلة الديرة – العدد (16) مايو 2004 – الجمعية السعودية لعلوم العمران


خاتمة المقال...  ...  والآن ونحن على مشارف عصر جديد وحضارة جديدة ، فالسؤال الذي يطرح نفسه هو : ما هي  أبرز ا لسمات العمرانية التي تميزت بها حضارة العصر الصناعي ؛ وكيف سيكون حال العمران في حضارة الإنفوميديا ؟ وإذا كان التركيز العمراني  والتكتل العمراني هما أخص خصائص العصر الماضي ، فهل سيكون الانتشار العمراني   والتفكيك العمراني  هما الشكل الجديد لعمران القرن 21 ؟ وهل سيحدث بالفعل ما وصف " بفك اللاصق المكاني لعمران المدينة" !!! وإذا كان لتلك التصورات أو الفرضيات أن تتحقق "بمشيئة الخالق سبحانه وتعالى "...  فهل سيظل البعض من المخططين والمعماريين يعملون بذهنية العصر الصناعي وفكِر القرن الماضي ؟!


حصاد التخطيط العمراني فى القرن ( 20 )

مقال منشور بمجلة الديرة – العدد (28) جمادى الآخر / رجب 1428 – الجمعية السعودية لعلوم العمران


 خاتمة المقال...  ...    وتلخيصا ،  وكحصاد للتخطيط العمراني فى القرن ( 20 ) وباعتبار الجمود والانضباط الزائد والأنانية والفوقية التخطيطية  " أو الحاكمية الفردية للمخطط العمراني "  كانت هي السمة الرئيسية للتخطيط العمراني فى  القرن الماضي والذي نتج عن تغييب البعد الإنساني الإبداعي  ، وتغليب المنطق الحسابي الميكانيكي على كافة عمليات التنمية العمرانية خلال أغلب الممارسات التخطيطية ، فهل ينحى الفكر الجديد فى القرن الوليد نحو الاتجاه المعاكس ، ذلك الاتجاه المتحرر من القيود والذي يميل للمنعطفات الإنسانية الإبداعية مثلما كانت التقاليد فى العمارة العشوائية أحيانا والعفوية فى أغلب الأحيان  ؟ وإذا كان التخطيط بحكم طبيعته ومركزيته وميله المطلق للانضباط  يقاوم الأمور النسبية والحرية والتحرر الإبداعي ، فهل يستمر الجدل ويطول  حتى يذهب العمران نحو هاوية اللاتخطيط  ،  كما يدعوا البعض لذلك ؟!  وإذا كنا نؤمن بقاعدة أن اللوائح والقوانين لا تؤدى لعمل إبداعي أو فنون راقية وأصيلة ، وإنما العمل الفني الخلاق هو مايستنبط منه اللوائح والقوانين ، فمتى  يتحرر الفكر التخطيطي من جموده وفوقيته  ليترك العمران للتفتح كعمل إبداعي خلاق ، بحيث لا يبدأ به المخطط العمراني ، ولا يحاول الوصول إليه ، وإنما ينتهي عنده . 

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      The Green MEGACITY: By 2030, five billion souls will be living in urban areas, up from 3.3billion today. The inevitable result as Cliff Kuang see is the GREEN MEGACITY... read more 
        Top Cities for Design , Business Week, By Oriana Schwindt...   American cities with more than 500,000 inhabitants were judged according to criteria such as the quality of public transit, the number of LEED-registered buildings (indicating sustainable design) and how many of the city employees work within creative industries such as performing arts or publishing. Slide show
         2121 design sight: As we move further into the new century, the entire world is facing a turning point: a crisis. Due to an increase in environmental stress, there is a distinct possibility that the way we live, the way we work, and even the way we “are” may change in ways we never imagined. The DNA of "21st century man" already includes creative genes and sensibilities inherited from our 20th century forebears… read more
         Genealogy: The use of rating schemes has emerged in recent decades as a popular planning tool to provide means to assess the performance of development proposals in order to meet desired sustainability objectives. This paper seeks to explore the validity of the formalized rating approach and asks whether it is prudent to consider applications for developments of a larger scale... read more
         Nanotechnology : the annual National Engineers Week Future City Competition TM normally creates cities with utopia in mind. This year, they’re also confronting the world’s worst urban disasters and there’s no mistaking them for utopia... read more

         Imagine a new type of ubiquitous communications medium that builds community and encourages creativity by making culture visible in public spaces. Cities will one day become smart spaces with embedded technologies that promote free speech and green thinking. read more

         Future Urbanism blogs: appears to be the twenty-first century urban design, planning, and architectural way of thinking. This trend is breeding urban explorers (urbex), the greening of major metropolitan areas, and a focus on merging habitats and commercial structures with politics, culture, history and the arts. Find here the top 100 bloggers who focus on everything from architectural news to urbanism and from the junction of design and technology to the landscape. You’ll discover plenty of dialogues, images, and ideas no matter if you’re an urban designer, planner or even an architect. Discover urbanism blogs here

         What is LEED®? The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. READ






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A New Paris, as Dreamed by Planners - The New York Times, March 16, 2009

Saudi oil Minister Sees 'nightmare scenario' in alternative energy push, International Business Times, February 17, 2009

What Will Save the Suburbs? The New York Times, Jan.15, 2009

Despite Economic Slowdown, Dubai Metro on Track, Architectural Record, January 7, 2009. In recent months, the global financial crisis has hit the city of Dubai, where real estate prices are sinking and development companies are laying off staff. Despite the slowdown, however, construction is progressing on Dubai Metro.

 The End of USA, Wall Street Journal, December 29, 2008 - A Russian academic has been predicting the U.S.A will fall apart in 2010.

 Foster and Hadid to redesign Mecca: THE ARCHITECTS' JOURNAL- 26 November 2008: Foster and Hadid have been lined up to take on one of the most high-profile projects on earth – the redevelopment of Mecca

        Can the can  The Economist, Nov 20th  - The idea that graffiti-spraying and other forms of low-level delinquency promote further bad behavior has now been tested experimentally.

 Is The Mall Dead? Newsweek, November 17, 2008 ...Americans are rethinking their conspicuous consumption.

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Dubai set for ecological disaster October 2008, Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne has predicted that Dubai will become an “ecological disaster” if developmenthere continues in its current direction.

Planners waste architects' timeEIGHTY PER CENT of architects believe that planning decisions made by local authorities do not support good quality design, according to a survey commissioned by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI). 

High-rise changes to Paris city skyline08/07/2008… The mayor of Paris launched a controversial plan to overturn a ban on high-rise buildings and construct six towers in the capital. 


Reimagining Cities Science Mag. 8 February 2008, Vol. 319. no. 5864, p. 739  The latest issue of Science Magazine is dedicated to looking at cities, their development and the changing demographics that are shaping our urban lifestyles.

A Mix of Towers and Parks in New York: The New York Times, Nov. 24, 2007 Slide Show 

 Standards and Guidelines for Sustainable Sites..WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 2, 2007 : The American Society of Landscape Architects ( ASLA )  released a comprehensive report giving a snapshot of the many ways that architects and designers can enhance how well their sites fit into surrounding ecosystems.   download 







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