For many of us, Doug Allen shaped the way we look at cities. He structured our thinking and showed us how to analyze one town from another. And he did so in a way that was enjoyable and kept us wanting more. It wasn’t just his breadth of knowledge that captivated us, his students and friends. Doug had an uncanny ability to weave seemingly disparate elements together, displaying them side-by-side so neatly that their mutual relationship appeared with a sudden moment of clarity. Doug was the Cicero of the classroom. When I had my first course with him at Georgia Tech, my friends and I referred to it as “Storytime with Doug Allen” rather than it’s official title “History of Urban Form.” Read more
About Paul L. Knight
Inquiries in art, architecture, city planning, and astronomy. Learn more
- Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson
- In honor of T.J.’s 271st birthday on April 13th, I have compiled together some of the more interesting quotes and anecdotes I have encountered during my pursuit to understand this Sage of Monticello. Read more – ‘Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson’.
- Twenty-Five Facts About Sir Edwin Lutyens
- I just finished reading Elizabeth Wilhide’s book Sir Edwin Lutyens: Designing in the English Tradition. The book serves as a good summary of the works and quirks that would come to define Lutyens’s career as one of Britain’s greatest architects. As I never read a book without marking it up with notes, I have assembled […] Read more – ‘Twenty-Five Facts About Sir Edwin Lutyens’.
- Time-Lapse Diagrams of Savannah, Georgia
- As posted on MasterStreetPlan.com, I developed these diagrams for a project I am working on at Historical Concepts to help illustrate how Savannah grew over time. A period of urban development measured in hundreds of years can be glimpsed in just a few 3-second frames. Read more – ‘Time-Lapse Diagrams of Savannah, Georgia’.