I will be teaching a student-seminar at Vassar in the weeks following spring break. If you also go to Vassar feel free to sign up. There should be an email sent out about it soon. Here’s the seminar description:
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Eden: Why South Road is not Rhinebeck; A Short History of Sprawl, Suburbia, and the New Urbanism.
Why is Poughkeepsie so dead? Why am I always driving so far? Why is this place so ugly?
If you have ever asked yourself these questions, you have stumbled upon the dilemma of sprawl. The post-war promise of living in an Eden outside the city went terribly awry somewhere between the Metro North train station and the pastures of the Hudson Valley. In this seminar we will discuss what went wrong, and how the New Urbanism—an often-misunderstood design movement—sought to restore our cities and towns.
The new Google Maps makes me sad.
Just submitted a proposal to teach a Student-Seminar on the history of the New Urbanism. Hopefully Vassar will allow me to do it!
American Urbanism before the importation of Modernist ideology from Europe following WWII.
Now that this is official, I’m happy to let you all know that I’ll be spending this upcoming summer working with the City of Bath in their Planning Department.
Bath is a great little gem of a town in Mid-Coast Maine with a rich history. It is home to Bath Ironworks, a company responsible for constructing much of the U.S Navy’s fleet and is known for its eclectic array of homes in Federalist, Greek Revival, Gothic Revival and Italianate styles.
Its Main Street was the winner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Great American Main Streets in 2012 for helping the “City of Ships” evolve into Maine’s “cool little city” by strengthening locally-owned businesses, promoting a rich calendar of events and highlighting its shipbuilding heritage.
Looking forward to a great summer!
- Tom Wolfe