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Friday, August 01, 2003


From time to time, when we come across websites that are particularly relevant to the subjects of interest to Gill clients, we add them as permanent links in the beige navigation menu on the left side of this page. Just roll your mouse over the black headings in that navigation menu to see the links light up orange. There's always something new to explore in these special links to external websites of special value.

This week, under the heading "Which blogs do we like?" we've added a weblog called City Comforts Blog that is well written by David Sucher from Seattle. David's blog contributes his own critical thinking to subjects of interest to planners and developers and points toward all the places you can possibly think of that have anything to do with New Urbanism; there the connection to Kunstler, also on his link list, whom we engaged in an interesting discussion here just last week.

Under the heading "Where's more good stuff?" in the left navigation menu, we have included a very interesting link to that is, according to its tagline, A Journal of the Built & Natural Environment. This is a fantastic site that really positions the world of urban planning front and center, and again very closely ties into Kunstler's world.

We have chosen to highlight an article that appears on titled Sustainable Cities: A Strategy for a Post-Terrorized World. In the context of what we are discussing here on the Gill weblog, this article adds to the overall picture of planning for real estate continuity. The foundation of the argument is that groups (communities, organizations) need to create sustainable environments that build organically. In the practical world of organizational planning, there are certainly more than a few pearls of wisdom that can be extracted from this very interesting article.

An organization begins contemplating the logistics of building a new facility in a greenfield or on brownfield site. Does it follow a pre-determined cookie-cutter facility model, or can it organically create an environment that is special and... well, Superbia? Beyond traditional suburbs, we foresee super urban projects in newly developed communities, smaller cities, towns and villages, dispersed from the major urban cores. New facilities should be planned with a new urban philosphy, too.


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