From the Site Studio

Thoughts on Reading our Urban Fabric

Ryan Wallace works with CRSA’s SITE and Higher Education Studios
Granary District Tracks to Downtown

“Cities need old buildings so badly, it is probably impossible for vigorous streets and districts to grow without them.”

This passage from the now famous book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, reveals author Jane Jacobs’ beliefs about the importance of retaining old buildings, even if they are considered to function poorly by the standards of the day. She goes on to argue the importance of old buildings in providing affordability for young families and creative individuals to live in urban neighborhoods. This diversity of age, occupation and income is integral to creating a vibrant street life, in her opinion. Continue reading


Here We Go…

Buildings have stories. People who design buildings have stories. Over the last 40 years we have collected many of these stories and we present them as an inside look at the way our communities and cities are made.

This blog is, of course, rooted in architecture, but it touches on much more. Our hope is that you’ll find out a lot about the world of design, and a little about CRSA’s place in that world.

We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to leave a comment on anything that catches your interest.