• Mapping Improvisation: The Role of Call and Response in Urban Planning

    8 days ago - By Arch Daily

    Congo Square, E.W. Kemble. Image
    This article was originally published on Common Edge. New Orleans was designed by its early settlers in 1721 as a Cartesian grid. You know it as the famous French Quarter or Vieux Carré. Such grids are named for the Cartesian coordinate system we learned to use in algebra or geometry class, perpendicular X and Y axes, used to measure units of distance on a plane. The invention of René Descartes (1596-1650), these grids reflect his rationalism, the view that reason, not embodied or empirical experience, is the only source and certain test of knowledge...
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