Masdar City

Masdar City

This aspirational city in the Abu Dhabi desert continues to plan and build. It may become a ‘greenprint’ for urban development if it indeed achieves very low or even zero-carbon. My editor at AramcoWorld pushed me to find metrics. I wrote about the place,...
Seiter family of Scranton and Conway

Seiter family of Scranton and Conway

This family history tells about three generations of Seiters on their farm in Arkansas. It comes from my mother, Mary Magdalen Mammoser née Seiter, who told me many of her memories from childhood.   Scranton years My grandparents William and Crescentia Seiter had...
A crack in the code

A crack in the code

The arcane controversies of planning codes will never stir up much excitement. But I wrote this article to show planners at work, grappling with the world as it is, facing the constant challenge of bringing ideas into practice. The article, published in Planning...
Risky routes: the world’s oil chokepoints

Risky routes: the world’s oil chokepoints

Robin Mills is head of Qamar Energy and a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Doha Center. His report, “Risky Routes: Energy Transit in the Middle East,” was published by Brookings in April 2016. It charts the whole spectrum of risk, from a temporary diminution of...