During the interview they discuss new cities in Middle East and China along with architectural profession, however the main focus is his new book Makeshift Metropolis: Ideas About Cities which is about American cities.
When Witold is asked about his book - Frederick Law Olmsted, A Clearing in the Distance he gives the following statement that would make any landscape architect smile.
I think that landscape architects, by training and temperament (they are realistic about nature, they take the long view, they understand ecology and human behaviour, etc), can make very good planners, better than city planners, and much better than architects.
An interesting interview and gives some great insight about cities.
Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne spoke with beloved local architect Michael Maltzan at the Central Library Tuesday night…… ……And this was what Maltzan was getting at the whole discussion–that architecture can’t be about the “large, singular gesture” anymore……
As questions of density, affordability and livability continue to drive discussions about how to design our urban worlds, architects, citizens and city officials are all looking for a shared sense of what the “new urbanism” means — whether and how to regulate, encourage and ultimately create the kind of built environment we want.