10 August 2010

A World Centre of Communication


“A fountain of overflowing knowledge to be fed by the whole world of human endeavour in art, science, religion, commerce, industry, and law; and in turn to diffuse throughout the whole of humanity as though it were one grand, divine body conceived by God, the vital requirements which would renew its strength, protect its rights, and enable it to attain greater heights through a concentration of world effort.”


In 1913, H. C. Andersen (not the poet) and Ernest Hébrard compiled a work entitled “A World Centre of Communication”, which was planned to create the perfect city.

[via:Cornell University Library]

25 February 2010

Whoever designed Barcelona played way too much SimCity. A Google map proves the point further.

[via:Nelg]

9 December 2009

James Howard Kunstler sounds a bit shouty at times, but he delivers funny food of thought in his TED talk “The tragedy of suburbia” (#). Kunstler discusses crimes against humanity within urban planning in the USA after WWII as it occurs in both cities and suburban landscapes.

You often hear people get quite poetic and fuzzy about what’s wrong with suburbia and cities in the USA and what works in places with actual character (“omg Paris!1!”). Kunstler gets specific and manages to put a finger on things most thinking humans have noticed but only moan aimlessly about.

Link: Youtube.

[via:Trent Eady]

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