Monday, March 5, 2012

The New Human Race of Inhumans

When Nikos Salingaros looks at the United States’ mesh of cities and suburbs, he sees a geometry problem: The scale accommodates cars, not people. “It makes humans into a new race of inhumans,” says Salingaros, a mathematics professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His uniquely scientific perspective allows the architectural gadfly to tap the latest laboratory findings to explain how our current urban trajectory is not only aesthetically challenged but also unhealthy. He calls for retrofitting the suburbs with mixed-use zoning, pedestrian byways, and public spaces—small interventions that let people move about, interact with nature and neighbors, and stay human. - Nikos A. Salingaros
At the edge of suburbia, Øverbymarka, Gjøvik

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