Liani Douglas

urban hound

Urban hound: What a dog taught me about city living

For years, my daily after-work stroll around the neighbourhood provoked a great desire to share life with a furry four-legged friend. Visits to the local park left me longing after other people’s pets. But the apartment block where I lived at the time boldly stated ‘no pets allowed’. Fast forward a couple of years, post-apartment living. My daily walks are… Read more →

le corbusier

Le Corbusier’s lavatory offers a cure for chromophobia

Swiss architect Le Corbusier revolutionised the way people see, use and make architecture in the 20th century. Known as the ‘architect of modern life’, he believed everyone should have equal opportunity to a good quality of life. Based on science and reason, and inspired by industrial techniques, his housing concepts aimed to provide a healthy and humane standard of living for… Read more →

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Living in a sentimental city

Italo Calvino’s seminal book Invisible Cities is a collection of dreamlike short stories about cities visited by the traveller Marco Polo. One of these stories is about the city of Zaira, where he recalls the longing of romantic places one cannot forget. Calvino writes: I could tell you how many steps make up the streets rising like stairways, and the degree… Read more →