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Monday, January 9, 2012

City Design Synopsis

A new level of awareness is telling some that the planet must be protected. A clear and present danger exists because responsibility is an unstable thread connecting intelligence to emotion within the mind of Homo sapiens; and decisions are often based on opinion that is a temporary substitute for knowledge.  

Survival has used instinct and intuition as its foundation because disaster can be leaping at you from concealment. In my opinion, human life within ecological limits is a goal that will be required for survival -- and adaptation is essential. When there is agreement, city design decisions will define a path to another level of symbiotic awareness. My goal is to convince you that this is the right direction. Proof will arrive too late to avoid the tiger, but instinct, intuition, inspiration, insight and imagination will require a sea change in attitude, and navigators who look above the waves to find a new star. 

My book explains the use of a software collection of 40 forecast models. The models make it possible to quickly forecast hundreds of intensity, or development capacity, options in the time it would take to draw one after a design category is selected. These options can then be evaluated for life-style benefit and economic stability -- within the ecological limits of a Built Domain that protects its source of life, The Natural Domain.   

Context research is needed to improve our understanding of the values entered in forecast models and the results predicted. Architecture and planning are professions ideally suited for this work if they see the potential. By thinking beyond the box, we can not only build it but contribute to a sustainable future with city design.   


Leadership faces questions and searches for answers in a fog of options that conceal direction. Decision is built on instinct, intuition, intelligence, information, and comparison. In rare cases wisdom arrives. 

When policy-makers engage in wishful thinking, or cannot substantially agree; strategic plans lack direction and tactics focus on random battles across the landscape. We have learned this lesson more than once in my lifetime. 

Leadership is about information, evaluation, and choice at every level of political, strategic and tactical activity. It adopts a schematic design that must be achieved with detailed plans and actions. Without a goal, schematic design is an endless series of sketches.  

When strategic leadership is compromised by an uncertain goal, tactics stumble over random objectives. In the confusion, it is easy to mistake tactical success for policy achievement. This is not progress however – but it may serve a special interest. Survival will depend on our ability to make the distinction.

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