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The Great City

March 2, 2013

It’s not real yet, but it will be, and it come surprisingly close to my ideal living space.   You can read the wired article on the web urbanist article for details.

Given that half of this map is green, you might be surprised to note that this will be six times denser than london.

Given that half of this map is green, you might be surprised to note that this will be six times denser than london.

My thoughts?

Obviously, they designers of this city have spent a great deal more time thinking about the design than I have, so I want to know their reason for making the city fit 80 thousand people.  My ideal living space is also a very dense urban core with surrounding green space, but each is much smaller.  I would like for each city unit to be small enough that you can recognize most of your fellow residents on sight, and have a sense of common identity.  80k is big enough for empathy fatigue to set in rather quickly.

It’s likely that the designers did not have the idea of a cohesive community  as a primary goal.  Their main goals were efficiency and a pleasant living area, which they have (theoretically) accomplished, stunningly so.  A fortunate side effect of this will indeed be a slightly better community, but not nearly as much as if they had made that one of their core tenets from the start.

From → urban planning

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