A selection of places to visit in virtual and physical space.
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BERMAN´S CHILDREN – n+1, Andrew Jacobs.
[...] This new built environment, effected under the banner of “urban renewal,” would unify the city and connect it to the larger infrastructural and economic systems that were fast developing outside its borders. This meant Robert Moses’s highways, parkways, and thruways, but also better public transit, better communications technology, larger buildings, super-neighborhoods, and straighter streets. [...]
THE CENTRE REIGNS SUPREME: HOW A POLYCENTRIC URBAN PLAN FOR BEIJING WAS LOST - The Global Urbanist, Jinxi Chen.
[...] Jinxi Chen takes us on a modern history tour of Beijing’s urban structure, and argues that Mao’s efforts to replace the old historic centre with the institutions of communist government may have transformed the image of the city, but preserved the old concentric structure that could not work well for contemporary Beijing. [...]
DUBAI: A CITY MANUFACTURED BY CURIOSITY – e-flux, Bilal Khbeiz.
[...] It is hard to distinguish individuals in a crowd. Citizens of the Gulf states appear to the visitor as crowds, with their identities as individuals momentarily suspended. Such a crowd is slightly different from the kind described by Elias Canetti. This is a crowd perceived as such by a visitor conscious of his individuality against the multitude. [...]