Re: The New Colonist / philosophies of urbanism
- On 31-Mar-04, at 11:39 PM, Richard Risemberg wrote:
> The April issue of The New Colonist is online and available now atReading this article equating efficiency with private ownership
> This month's features:
> (...) * A House for Every Lot, a Store for Every Corner
> Eric Miller posits an efficient city and how it might look and
> work in the United States....
reminded me of a website I came across a while ago, which proposes a
grand scheme called Victory Cities (TM) that WILL cure all the ills
that our current ("obsolete") cities suffer from. The inventor of this
scheme proposes to pack some 300 000 or more people into single 102
storey cement+steel+glass-skinned buildings with a choice of a few
different floor plans for already furnished (!) apartments, kitchenless
all of them because everyone will eat in vast central cafeterias. The
inventor of the idea is rather naively certain that since these cities
will be privately owned by a corporation, all the messiness of
non-privately owned cities will disappear.
I find this vision (a new, corporate-owned Ville Radieuse) repulsive --
but I leave it to others to draw their own conclusions.
Here is the link:
Something that I find more encouraging is the website for Ecopolis, an
Australian architecture firm that works with a philosophy based on
environmental sustainability and human-scale architecture. Their
website is an interesting read and has numerous examples of their
projects, and they even have carfree.com in their links page:
Washington DC, USA
- he April issue of The New Colonist is online and available now at
This month's features:
• Let's Take a Stroll
Jane Holtz Kay on the pleasures and perils of walking....
• Windows in the Sky
The world's paradigm of sprawl inches upward...
• Tale of Our Urban Suburb
Something's missing in Pittsburgh....
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