Monday, September 26, 2011

Human Scale for Human Space (and some great examples from history)

Scale is fundamental to urban design. If you get it right, and achieve a well-proportioned space between buildings, you have a sound basis to build upon. Even if the architecture is far from perfect, the public realm you create can be decent and comfortable. If you get the scale wrong and your master plan is built, even the most lustrous architecture won’t remediate the failure of space-making; people might still use it for utilitarian reasons (think the parking lot of a Wal-Mart), but will not enjoy it. - Galina Tachieva

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Mostar - Old Town panorama. The picture was taken from the minaret of Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque, which is just opposite Stari Most ("The Old Bridge") looking on the same part of the Neretva river. Please click on the picture! Photo: Ramirez

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Tallinn old town model. Surely this is a generated structure, like ALL sustainable environments, manmade or nature made. Photo: Jennifer Boyer

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Old Town Hall of Berkhamsted. Photo: Robert Stainforth
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Old town of Chania. Photo: Jose Concalves

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Main entry of the town hall of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz, Spain. Ancient palace of the dukes of Montpensier, 19th century. Photo: Hispalois

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