Dr. Nir Buras on The Classic Planning Institute, Modern Urban Planning and The Future of Our Cities | The Cave of Apelles

Dr. Nir Buras is a leading new traditional architect and urbanist, founder of the Classic Planning Institute, and author of The Art of Classic Planning. He designs towns, cities and buildings, and speaks about some of the most interesting developments in the world of architecture and planning and where we might find ourselves in the future.

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Dr. Nir Buras & Carl Korsnes in the Cave of Apelles studio.

Chapter markers:
00:00 Intro
01:30 Buras & the Classic Planning Institute (CPI)
04:43 Projects and subdivisions of CPI
09:02 CPI’s partners, seminars and live events
11:00 Horseshit, conflict and modern city planning
15:07 Cars and modern city planning
19:01 Three scenarios for our cities
22:33 The “Golden Age” in all cultures
26:01 What is wrong with the modern city
37:46 A holistic vs problem solving method
48:20 Place making is memory-making
57:22 Can a city have cars in it?
1:06:43 Traffic in Rome, Rio de Janeiro and New York
1:10:23 Town and country
1:14:41 CPI and the Anacostia River Masterplan
1:24:45 The impact of using hands on the brain
1:29:35 An eight generations horizon
1:32:10 Olympic Games for handcraft
1:35:24 The Anacostia project and Paris’ Île de la Cité
1:42:03 Daniel Burnham: “Make no small plans”
1:46:28 Burnham’s six categories for town planning
1:51:55 The symbolism of where you place buildings
1:58:50 Getting cars off the streets
1: 01:42 The future of modernism is classical

This episode featured Dr. Nir Buras & Carl Korsnes and was filmed and edited by Bork Nerdrum.
The centerpiece was a photograph of the Anacostia Riverfront render design by Dr. Buras & The Classic Planning Institute.

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  • Apelles was asked why he touched and retouched his pictures with so much care, to which he replied:
    "I paint for eternity"