David A. Smith Author Archives

The Guru Is In: Why So Challenging?

Why so challenging? asked the housing joker and would not stay for an answer.

The Guru Is In: Evolvable Design

When the Ukrainians begin rebuilding their bludgeoned eastern cities and returning to their damaged homes, among the dysfunctional Soviet legacies they must address is a deeply embedded, invisible one: their national building code. 

The Guru Is In: Inflation For Fun and Profit  

Inflation being here in force regardless of our desires, last month’s Part 1 demonstrated that, when it comes to operations, your actions depend on what you think about the economic future.

The Guru Is In: Inflation for Fun and Profit

Now that the Administration has tacitly acknowledged inflation is a major challenge by blaming it on others, affordable housing allocators, developers, owners, managers and regulators need to readjust their expectations and behaviors. 

The Guru Is In: Monetizing Virtue

Although virtue may be its own reward, try telling that to a nonprofit’s chief financial officer.

The Guru Is In: 50 Years of Difference-Makers

Because life makes sense only in retrospect, we’re seldom aware in the moment that someone else’s action can change our lives forever. Nor will your benefactor know, then or after, just how seminal his or her small action was, and somehow, you’ve never thanked those who helped you.  

The Guru Is In: It’s Ba-a-a-ck

Forcibly caged in 1982, and virtually somnolent for the last two decades, inflation is back with such a vengeance that the Administration is using ever more grandiloquent circumlocutions to deny its existence.   

The Guru Is In: American Affordable Housing in 50 Years

When predicting the future, science fiction authors have a better group track record than engineers, because their imaginations aren’t hamstrung by too much learning.

The Guru Is In: Early Days in Urban Health Reconstruction

During 1858’s Great Stink, London’s Thames River was so foul that members of Parliament fled, and Parliament shut down.

The Guru Is In: Housing and the Vertical Health Campus

At MIT, one can traverse half a mile of jumbled urban campus entirely indoors.

The Guru Is In: Financial Shock Absorbers Needed Now

Pop quiz, hotshot: You’re mountain-biking down a virgin trail making great time, when it abruptly turns much steeper and much rockier. Trying to stop now will just launch you headfirst over the handlebars. What do you do?

The Guru Is In: Reclaiming the Carscape

In 1898, New York City hosted the first international conference of urban planners to tackle an urgent global crisis of health, congestion and overcrowding – what to do about the horses?

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