There is only one thing which interests me vitally now, and that is the recording of all that which is omitted in books.
-Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer
My Radiant City is an urban planning blog that explores the intersection between people and the built world, attempting to record all of which is omitted in books and scholarly articles. This blog is not shy about covering an astonishingly wide range of topics, from beautiful and bizarre architecture to people-filled plazas and abandoned cities. Diving into unconventional urban-related topics with relish, My Radiant City focuses on documenting the past while planning the future.
Hello! My name is Laurie and I’m an urban planner who started this blog when I left my life in the US behind in 2016 to experience the world full-time. For more than a year, I’ve been traveling, taking photos, and writing about any urban-related curiosity that piques my interest. This blog and my professional goals focus on living car-free, documenting historic events, preserving historic buildings, and creating livable communities for everyone.
If you value unique urban spaces or are looking for a reliable source to document the undocumentable, don't hesitate to reach out to me; I'm always interested in collaborating with like-minded people in their creative endeavors.
Curious about the name of my blog? See my post, Redefining Le Corbusier's Radiant City.
The one who keeps this little blog humming, Mango has been a loyal companion to me since I scooped him up as a puppy from the side of a dirt road eleven years ago as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica. Mango barks in many languages with Spanish being his native tongue, and he has been blessed with unusual front "plié" legs that give strangers pause to mindlessly ask, "WHAT'S WRONG WITH HIS FRONT LEGS?" Mango is a chill guy with an occasional bout of food aggression, and, much to his mum's delight, has come to love train rides as much as car rides.
Photos in this site were taken by me, Laurie, unless otherwise noted.