My publications include peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly articles, professional articles, criticism and reviews, newspaper columns and two books. I begin a new column soon in The Property Chronicle - My article in Frontiers in Psychology, From Savannas to Settlements: Exploring Cognitive Foundations for the Design of Urban Spaces, is considered a breakthrough in understanding how early human survival influenced the form of cities. The following books are available on Amazon.


  • Brown, M. Gordon. 2016. Access, Property and American Urban Space. New York & Abington, Oxon, UK: Routledge/Taylor & Francis. Examines long-term changes in American urban configurations related to 40-year decreases in entrepreneurship and average annual economic productivity and their impact on spatial transaction costs.
  • Brown, M. Gordon. 2017. Denver is Everycity: A Chronicle of Architecture, Urban Design and Real Estate. Charleston, SC: Create Space. Selected newspaper columns and articles written from 1994 to 2004 about Denver’s changing built environment, a rich laboratory filled with experiments.


  • Brown, M. Gordon (2018), Premises Liability: Configurations, Users, and Cognition. Real Estate Review, Fall. (Addresses the functioning of built environments in terms of their users and agents, an approach to assessing risk, and an approach to diagnosing the causality of built environment incidents. Download pdf.
  • Brown, M. Gordon and Charles C. Lee (2016), From savannas to settlements: exploring cognitive foundations for the design of urban spaces, Frontiers in Psychology, section Cognitive Science.| doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01607. (First presented by me at the Association of Neuroscience for Architecture meeting at the Salk Institute, shows how evolution in the savannas resulted in neurological cells that fire depending on the direction we look while moving and on vertical elements that restrict movement.)
  • Brown, M. Gordon (2016), How to Measure the Effect of Access on Value. Real Estate Review, Fall. (For access takings, shows how to measure the before and after functional distance to determine substantial impairment between a destination on a parcel and locations on the adjacent street.) Download pdf.
  • Brown, M. Gordon and Tjibbe Teernstra (2008), Examining investor perceptions of obsolescence and value through a behavioral economics lens, Journal of European Real Estate Research, 1:3, 267-290.(Identifies locations of structural vacancy in major Dutch cities and shows that many decisions by real estate investors have biases leading to overestimating value in these areas.)
  • Brown, M. Gordon (2008), Evading economic reality: real property access takings and the slippery slope of legal language, International Journal of Law and Management, 50:6,285-300. (Shows how judicial decisions have created and avoided the pervasive problem of eliminating convenience in urban movement.)
  • Brown, M. Gordon (2008), Proximity and collaboration: measuring workplace configuration, Journal of Corporate Real Estate, 10:1, 5-26.(Shows how what seem to be innovative spatial designs can have a significant impact on organizational productivity.)
  • Brown, M. Gordon (2002), Healthy walkways: a guide for premises liability, Real Estate Issues, Counselors of Real Estate, Winter 2001/2002, 26:4, 28-36. (Provides a brief history of sidewalks, human, environmental and configuration factors affecting their use and the foreseeability of falling.)
  • Brown, M. Gordon (2001), Choosing a company’s building design using the architectural design competition, Journal of Real Estate Research., 22:1/2, 81-106. (Shows when sponsoring a design competitions can improve decisions about developing a significant building and what the steps are.)
  • Brown, M. Gordon (1999), Design and Value: Spatial Form and the Economic Failure of a Mall, Journal of Real Estate Research, 17:2, 189-225.(Compares spatial patterns of two similar and geographically close specialty malls to show why one built for $32,000,000 was sold three years later for $7,000,000.)