Sunday, 8 November 2009

The Ideal City


Envision a city ideal!

What makes a city?

What distinguishes urban from for

example rural communities?

Describe this ideal in spatial terms this ideal!

What is the minimal set of parts that

constitute a city?

An ideal city is one that has a good plan, one that is sustainable and fast, one that has a strategic location and good transportation, a city that doesn’t have any economical or agricultural problems. An ideal city is its people, people who bring life, vitality and business to the city. It is ideal when there is consistent growth and movement. And in spatial content it is ideal when its buildings shape the public spaces creating a combination between open and closed, negative spaces for movement and positive for habitat, It is ideal when that city could easily adapt to change and should be planned in the sense that no matter how dense its population is you never feel it is crowded, narrow or small.

The ideal city may also be something that is extremely futuristic as in the cartoon the “Jetsons Family” where there are flying cars and robots. A city = A machine. I think the city in 30 years time would be something similar but not to that extreme. Maybe not flying cars but rather no car at all, a city where the pavement is a flat escalator for example, one that has many levels, many movable bridges and tunnels.

What makes a city is basically the infrastructure and public utilities to survive that city. It should have a certain population density and should generate a certain income and environmental aspects to sustain itself. What distinguishes urban communities from rural is the way of life and the communities’ mentality, along with the population density and financial importance. The minimal set of parts that constitute a city are population, infrastructure and public utilities. Part of being a city in my sense is the streets => (movable platforms), the community => (Happy people), the fumes =>(Green aspects), dirt and pollution => (clean), and finally the regeneration => (development).

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