"Hello, my name is John. I'm a recovering architect."
I like all sorts of towns, cities and buildings, but what I design are Classical buildings and Traditional towns and cities. You can see some of them at www.massengale.com.
With Robert A.M. Stern I wrote a history of architecture and urbanism in the Progressive Era, New York 1900, Metropolitan Architecture and Urbanism 18901915 (Rizzoli, 1983) as well as an introduction to the history of suburbia before sprawl, The AngloAmerican Suburb (St. Martin's Press, 1981). With Victor Dover, I am writing Street Design, The Art & Practice of Making Complete Streets (J. Wiley & Sons, 2013).
I'm a Board Member of the Congress for New Urbanism, the former Chair of its local chapter, CNU New York, and a former Director of the Institute of Classical Art & Architecture and Federated Conservationists of Westchester County.
A co-founder of the New Urban and Traditional Architecture Councils.I was also a co-founder of the pro-urb list, a forum on the internet for an advanced discussion of New Urbanism. And in this blog you will find some postings from that list, along with other writings and clippings on architecture, urbanism, Classicism, Tradition, metaphysics and culture.