Abbé Boulah, a fictional and mysterious figure sometimes holding court in the equally mythical Fog Island Tavern with his friend Bog-Hubert, likes to vent about questions related to architecture, design and design theory, time management for designers, the design/planning/policy-making discourse and the evaluation of arguments typically used in design discussions, urban revitalization, the connection between design concepts such as places in the built environment, the occasions that occur there, the images evoked by their design, and building economics (the question of the value of buildings), and other issues that occasionally may arouse his interest and indignation.  The design of a public planning discourse support platform with systematic evaluation of discourse contribution merit, as well as  the  Occasion / Image Value of Built Environment are ongoing projects for which comments are most welcome. 

Some of these strange ideas are documented in the books ‘Abbé Boulah!’ and ‘The Fog Island Argument’ (XLibris) and ‘Rigatopia'(Lambert Academic Publishing, 2015). from which occasionally excerpts may be posted in the blog, in the hope of starting or reviving discussions. Related AbbéBoulahisms can be found in ‘Time Management for Architects and Designers’ (W.W. Norton). Various papers on the above  topics can be found on  Thorbbørn Mann’s pages on and ResearchGate.   Please send inquiries to

1 Response to “About Abbé Boulah”

  1. 1 blog April 5, 2020 at 12:31 am

    Keep this going please, great job!

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