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Offline aldonius

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'Traditional city' urbanism
« on: August 12, 2014, 12:49:36 PM »
Sets out 3.5 different city types: the 'traditional city' of 1-2 storeys and narrow, winding streets (predating mass transit and necessarily walkable); the 'hypertrophic city' of grid streets and tower blocks (golden age of mass transit); and suburbia (golden age of automobile), with the 'radiant city' (skyscrapers & freeways) as a nasty combination of the latter two (think much of the Gold Coast).

Argues that New Urbanism seeks only to restore the hypertrophic city, regaining none of the human scale that the streets of the traditional city have.

Basically, if a street doesn't need to have surface transit running along it, it's totally fine if it's less than 10 metres between building fronts.



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