Friday, June 10, 2011

Street fight: Landscape Urbanism versus New Urbanism

Modernism has turned "green" and more seductive than ever!

Read the article: Street fight: Landscape Urbanism versus New Urbanism.

Anyway, in this discussion we must NOT forget the eternal truth of the Alexandrine pattern 104, to be found in A Pattern Language!

Conflict
Buildings must always be built on those parts of the land which are in the worst condition, not the best.

Resolution
On no account place buildings in the places which are most beautiful. In fact, do the opposite. Consider the site and its buildings as a single living eco-system. Leave those areas that are the most precious, beautiful, conformable, and healthy as they are, and build new structures in those parts of the site which are least pleasant now.

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