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 ( – 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 –

Visual Thoughts #44

Last VT image: A fragment of the Manhattan skyline viewed from near Peter Detmold Park, New York. *** Erick Villagomez is one of the... Read More

Five Key Questions for the Study of Public Life

Although studies on the interaction between public life and public space are relatively few, several great examples do exist. From... Read More

Book Review: How to Study Public Life

Authors: Jan Gehl and Birgitte Svarre (Island Press, 2013) Those versed in research around public life and urban spaces are bound to... Read More

Visual Thoughts #43

Last VT image: View to Smoke Lake, Algonquin Park, Ontario. *** Erick Villagomez is one of the founding editors at Spacing Vancouver... Read More

Book Review: Analysing Architecture (Fourth Edition)

Author: Simon Unwin (Routledge, 2014) At a time when increasing complexity seems to be the overriding direction in all fields, lucidly... Read More

Visual Thoughts #42

Last VT image: The Dominion Building at sunset – Vancouver, BC. *** Erick Villagomez is one of the founding editors at Spacing... Read More

Book Review From The Stacks – Mannahatta: An Natural History of New York City

Author: Eric W. Sanderson (Harry N. Abrams, 2013) Cities are inseparable from their unique landscapes.  The values and culture of the... Read More

Book Review From the Stacks: Cities for People

Author: Jan Gehl (Island Press, 2010) With the great success of his consulting practice and several excellent books to his name, the... Read More

Book Review – Sun Wind and Light: Architectural Design Strategies (3rd Edition)

Authors: G. Z. Brown, Mark DeKay (Wiley, 2014) As the complexity of buildings has increased over the past decades, issues around... Read More

Visual Thoughts #35

Last VT image: The Vancouver “Dingbat” building type, Vancouver, BC. *** Erick Villagomez is one of the founding editors... Read More