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Old 02-13-2017, 03:36 PM   #1
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General City Planning/Urban Design Thread

I'm not sure if this thread has been made yet, if it has, tell me.

Discuss:

Urban renewal projects:
Public Housing
Expressways
Parking Lots

New Urban Design:
Ghost Cities
Urban Village
New Ideas

Old Urban Design:
Walled Cities
European plazas
Boston in the 16-1700s.

Projects:
Current planning projects underway
Assembly Row
Seaport Green way
Other stuff around the world

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Old 02-14-2017, 04:59 PM   #2
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Thank you for (re)invigorating this discussion. In many ways, it's the only discussion worth having.

I'm currently reading Jane Jacobs' Systems of Survival, a book that endeavors to examine the systemic forces and competing ideologies that drive commerce at the local and global level. Written 25 years ago, the the concepts and ideas are quite prescient in consideration of the current socio-political landscape. In a similar fashion, Jacobs' last book, ominously entitled Dark Age Ahead, is provocative and prescient.
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Thank you for (re)invigorating this discussion. In many ways, it's the only discussion worth having.

I'm currently reading Jane Jacobs' Systems of Survival, a book that endeavors to examine the systemic forces and competing ideologies that drive commerce at the local and global level. Written 25 years ago, the the concepts and ideas are quite prescient in consideration of the current socio-political landscape. In a similar fashion, Jacobs' last book, ominously entitled Dark Age Ahead, is provocative and prescient.
Thanks. I've never read "systems of survival", but it sounds good.
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Thanks. I've never read "systems of survival", but it sounds good.
The structure of the book is interesting -- a conversation among a handful of academics and professionals at a dinner party. Each presents a unique (but interrelated) understanding of the issue being discussed. It's a bit like an intellectual riff on Politically Incorrect or Tough Crowd.
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The structure of the book is interesting -- a conversation among a handful of academics and professionals at a dinner party. Each presents a unique (but interrelated) understanding of the issue being discussed. It's a bit like an intellectual riff on Politically Incorrect or Tough Crowd.
Ah. Is your user name derived from the French for Raw-Concrete (brutalism).
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Brazilila, a city shaped like an airplane.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bras%C3%ADlia
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Does anybody know of a recent example where a large, undeveloped, urban parcel was cut up into many small, undeveloped, urban parcels and sold off to a variety of developers?

Like, instead of one developer working with hundreds of thousands of square feet, a situation where hundreds of developers work with thousands of square feet each.

I've been thinking about this in the context of RFK stadium and its parking lots in DC. Instead of a huge master development plan, what if that land was cut up like the rest of Capitol Hill (think 2k-5k sf lots) and divvied out to a whole slew of small-time developers and homebuilders.

This is how neighborhoods used to be developed from scratch, no?
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Does anybody know of a recent example where a large, undeveloped, urban parcel was cut up into many small, undeveloped, urban parcels and sold off to a variety of developers?

Like, instead of one developer working with hundreds of thousands of square feet, a situation where hundreds of developers work with thousands of square feet each.

I've been thinking about this in the context of RFK stadium and its parking lots in DC. Instead of a huge master development plan, what if that land was cut up like the rest of Capitol Hill (think 2k-5k sf lots) and divvied out to a whole slew of small-time developers and homebuilders.

This is how neighborhoods used to be developed from scratch, no?
Interesting question, I'd be curious as well to know if this has happened recently. It would have been nice to see this in a few places in the seaport.
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Isn't that what happened in Assembly Row? I'm not sure.
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Isn't that what happened in Assembly Row? I'm not sure.
No, not at all, even in the slightest. Assembly Row is the epitome of the exact opposite of what I'm asking: a large area master-planned and centrally developed by one firm.
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No, not at all, even in the slightest. Assembly Row is the epitome of the exact opposite of what I'm asking: a large area master-planned and centrally developed by one firm.
Really? Didn't know that.
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