When a massive earthquake hit the Italian town of Amatrice in 2016, the survivors left a place made by hand and entered a new world, one that is consistently failing to produce places of quality and character. Can we turn things around?
New public spaces don’t only need the right design. They need bold leadership to make them happen. In too many cases, leaders timidly back down from golden opportunities. But sometimes leaders stand up in the face of opposition and do what’s right… with tremendous results. Here’s how they do it.
Great cities revolve around lively commercial areas, which in turn depend on good commercial architecture. We visit the Texan towns of Austin and Fredericksburg to explore the best and worst of commercial buildings.