Urban Land–August 2008


The past 50 years have seen the unprecedented design and development to cities throughout the world—and not necessarily with positive results. Influences that are labeled “modern,” “contemporary,” “cutting edge,” “brash,” and “innovative” are all too often being used to impose a one-dimensional view of how cities should work. What is being exported from the United States is an overarching emphasis on accommodating automobiles at every turn and a zealous devotion to novel, iconic architecture that often functions better as a symbol that journalists report on in breathless tones than as an actual building. Is this progress, or is it a step backward from what cities need: more humane, sustainable cities for the 21st century?  FULL ARTICLE

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