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ArchitecturePlanning
18 December, 2017

Ricardo Arosemena from Arosemena and Soundy Arquitectos, Panama City

“We aspire to create architecture that complements its context as opposed to disrupting it, architecture that is rational, beautiful and will last for a very long time.” Architect Ricardo Arosemana, of Arosemena & Soundy Arquitectos in Panama, played a pivotal role in the look and landscape of Las Catalinas. Ricardo and his team embraced…
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AnnouncementsConstructionLiving in Las Catalinas
22 August, 2015

Las Catalinas State of the Union, August 2015

(This message was sent via email to our mailing list today.) Dear Friend of Las Catalinas, Things are happening at Las Catalinas!  Let me catch you up Most visibly, we have an extraordinary amount of construction underway including: Infrastructure for Beach Town South.  This is real hill-town territory, with a big hill, retaining walls,…
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AnnouncementsConstruction
27 October, 2014

Las Catalinas State of the Union, August 2014

(Note: this message was sent to our mailing list on August 29. Sorry for the delay posting it here!) Dear Friend of Las Catalinas, As we wind up another season at Las Catalinas, it is time to update you on what is happening in our young town. We have had record months for visitors…
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Announcements
15 May, 2014

Las Catalinas State of the Union, May 2014

(Note: This message was sent to our email mailing list on May 5) Dear Friend of Las Catalinas, We have just wrapped up a  great winter/spring season  at Las Catalinas.   It has been busy - year to date occupancy of the houses that are in our vacation rental pool is 65%.   Highlights…
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Living in Las CatalinasPlanning
22 April, 2014

Cars, Kids, and Quality of Life

From time to time I ask residents and guests at Las Catalinas, "do you wish cars were allowed on the streets here at Las Catalinas, so you could park right at your house?" The response to my question is usually laughter... For the majority, the very question seems silly.   Now that the pattern…
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Announcements
5 December, 2013

New Place Names

Thanks to everyone who participated in our recent poll on place names!  The crowd demonstrated its wisdom, and we have taken the poll winner in every case except one to be our new place names.  In that case we decided to save "El Prado" for a bigger park that is coming later on.  So,…
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Planning
1 November, 2013

A Poll – New Place Names

It is time for us to name a bunch of new places at Las Catalinas.  I'd like to take a poll of our community here on the blog regarding some possible names, as that has worked well before.  So you'll see 12 places below that need naming.  I'm including  maps  that will show you…
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ArchitecturePlanning
14 October, 2013

Buffalo, America’s Best Designed City

I just can't stop myself from sharing this video, which I found out about courtesy of The Congress for the New Urbanism.  This video is long by today's standards, but it is worth it.  Las Catalinas is about creating a wonderful, beautiful, loveable place where people can have satisfying, memorable, enriching experiences.  We are…
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Inspirations
21 September, 2012

Lesson from Italy, September 2012

This is one in a series of "Lessons from..." documents I have written after visiting places that are of interest as precedents for Las Catalinas. Some of these towns I have visited before. I stayed in Pienza circa 2004 on a study trip with the Seaside Pienza Institute. Civita de Bagnoregio I visited way…
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ArchitecturePlanning
3 October, 2011

Notre Dame Work, 2011

I'm just back from a trip to the Notre Dame School of Architecture to review the work of this year's crop of fifth-year students.   Once again, like last year, a group consisting of fifth-year students plus professors Samir Younes and Douglas Duany made a study trip to Las Catalinas in late August and…
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