➔ Cities Are Not as Big a Deal as You Think — “The UN estimates that only one in eight people live in a megacity. “The seven of eight people who are not living in the megacity of the future are going to live in horizontal forms of cities that are disconnected in some way or another from their nearest center city,””
➔ Owen Hatherley: What happened in Vegas should have stayed in Vegas — “There is an alternative to ‘learning from’, and it’s not a return to arrogant form-giving, it’s ‘working with’.”
➔ Smart cities ‘will destroy democracy’ — “As the tech companies bid for contracts, Haque observed, the real target of their advertising is clear: “The people it really speaks to are the city managers who can say, ‘It wasn’t me who made the decision, it was the data.’””
➔ Courtney Humphries, “The city is an ecosystem, pipes and all” — “Cities may strike us as the opposite of “the environment”: As we pave streets and erect buildings, nature comes to feel like the thing you find somewhere else. But scientists working in the growing field of urban ecology argue that we’re missing something. A city’s soil collects pollutants, but it also supports a vast system of microscopic life. Water courses beneath roads and buildings, often in long-buried streams and constructed pipes. And city ecosystems aren’t static; they change over time as populations grow, infrastructure ages, and different political structures and social values shape them. Seen this way, the city is a distinct form of “environment,” and an important one.”
How unpleasant would it be to live in Hilberseimer’s High-rise City (1924)? Check out the width of the road. Essay on Hilberseimer by Marisol Rivas Velasquez and Diego Barajas here [pdf]; image from The Art Institute of Chicago.