boilerplater said:The pic of the smaller town with the surrounding countryside dramatically illustrates just how you get more open space with density.
ablarc said:Howard Roark, the walls were not just to keep out intruders; they kept the city from spilling out in suburban fashion to gobble up valuable farmland --and they provided the community with concrete identity. It is interesting that the two functions of city walls collapsed at the same moment; in the late nineteenth century, modern artillery rendered walls useless and the streetcar’s invention made possible the suburb. Hence there was a rush to demolish city walls. Vienna’s Ringstrasse is only the most famous instance.
ablarc said:"Our solution was multi-pronged but basically consisted of making the old walled city more accessible w/o destroying the character of the city, along with intergrating more of those services desired by the popluce into the old city."
Interesting; what exactly did you do to make it more accessible?
ablarc said:Howard, that all sounds pretty enlightened.
How much of that has been implemented?
Do you have pics of the trolleys? Do you have maps?
Howard Roark said:Thanks, it was a fun project and I was pretty happy w/ the results.
I am not sure how much is being considered, all the ideas were presented in Spain about 4 months after the project conclusion (two years ago). I missed that presentation and need to contact my old tutor to find out whats up.
I have the document on disk, but alas, all nonesential material lays waiting in storage since I got back from the UK, till I buy a place anyway.
We suggested a fairly sleek concept for the trolly/tram system taking a clue from what they did in Lyon France, and a narrow gauge system like Amsterdam for the tighter mideval old city.
Glasshouse said:Buy a place Howard?
Why not build one?
Did I mention I'm very crafty with stone wood and glass? :-D