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Old 04-13-2009, 06:35 AM   #14
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Re: A 21st Century Urban Project

Originally Posted by kennedy View Post
The French example works because it seems like it integrates itself (in the close-ups), however, from the aerial photos you can tell there's not a whole lot it must integrate into.
It's a somewhat isolated fragment of urban fabric. Like a piece torn out of a city and placed in Suburbia --where it functions as the community's core.

They're even building these in places like Charlotte, dotting them throughout Suburbia. In a few hundred years, they may fuse together if they're allowed to survive. Then you'll have a city.

The Italian (Spanish?) example is the opposite-the close-ups make it look very separate from it's surroundings (could be a result of the lack of life when the photo was taken).
Italian. It's a subcenter by Leon Krier for a typical 20th Century road-based extension just outside the urban core of Alessandria, a small city in Piedmont. Places like that teeter on the edge of walkability; this is an attempt to tilt the balance. It should cover more territory.

Yet, in the aerial photo, it looks more integrated into the city around it.
Well, it departs from the linear order of the road, and introduces a bit of medieval randomness.

Which is more important? The sense of street level integration (small scale) or the preservation of the city fabric (large scale)?
In this case, the existing fabric is no great shakes --though on Huntington Avenue, it would probably be a hit.
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