but then you'd have to share that countryside with *gasp* your neighbors. It wouldn't be your own private fiefdom. y tu sabe que socialismo no es el camino.boilerplater said:The pic of the smaller town with the surrounding countryside dramatically illustrates just how you get more open space with density.
Some of the walled cities have faired better than others, York was well preserved even though it spilled from its gates, looking at plans of London and Paris, no visible signs of the walls exist. But a friend pointed out the last remnants that were incorperated in to surounding buildings in London. There are even a few pieces of the Roman wall left.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.
Frist, we offerd several possible scenarios which "reintergration" could take place, some were more intrusive than others, the idea was that we could offer a level of self determination for the locals.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?
Thanks, it was a fun project and I was pretty happy w/ the results.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.
Could be a possibility Bob, I would need to find a good lot that is "no developer strings attatched" which is hard to do.Glasshouse said:Buy a place Howard?
Why not build one?
Did I mention I'm very crafty with stone wood and glass? :-D