Erick Villagomez is the Editor-in-chief at Spacing Vancouver. He is also an educator, independent researcher and designer with personal and professional interests in the urban landscapes. His private practice – Metis Design|Build (http://metisdb.com/) – is an innovative practice dedicated to a collaborative and ecologically responsible approach to the design and construction of places. You can also see some of his drawing and digital painting adventures at Visual Thoughts – http://visualthoughts.ca/.

Book Review – Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession

Author: Reinier de Graaf (Harvard University Press, 2017) Architecture is a strange discipline, full of contradictions: it is at once... Read More

The City of Illusions – Part 3

[Editors Note: This is a the third and final part in a series that seeks to connect the insights of Thomas Picketty’s well-known... Read More

The City of Illusions – Part 2

[Editors Note: This is a the second part in a series that seeks to connect the insights of Thomas Picketty’s well-known book... Read More

The City of Illusions – Part 1

The distribution of wealth and the shape and form of cities are intimately related.  As such, Thomas Picketty’s bestselling Capital in... Read More

Book Review – Redesigning Gridded Cities: Key Examples

Author: Joan Busquets with Pablo Perez-Ramos, Nikos Katsikis, Christina Crawford, Dingliang Yang (Applied Research + Design... Read More

Book Review: Infinite Suburbia

Editors: Alan M. Berger, Joel Kotkin with Celina Balderas Guzman (Princeton Architectural Press, 2017) According to Queens... Read More

Hidden Intelligence: Preserving Historic Settlement Patterns

Humanity’s collective drive towards urbanization within the past century has gone hand-in-hand with the mindless erasure and... Read More

Book Review – Rethinking A Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking

Author: Eran Ben-Joseph (MIT Press, 2015) Surface parking lots are ever-present in the contemporary city. Moovelab’s incredible... Read More

Book Review – Villages in the City: A Guide to South China’s Informal Settlements

Editor: Stefan Al (University of Hawai’i Press, 2014) Although writing and research on informal settlements has increased... Read More

Book Review: The Visual Biography of Color

Author: Frank Jacobus (ORO Editions, 2016) Like so many wonderful facets of world that permeate our lives, colour is often taken for... Read More