Some dense urban cities grew from multiple villages, today’s neighborhoods.
Looking to the Village for Tomorrow’s City Design
This article for Sourceable examines Kent Larson’s ideas about city design. He says, “Paris was a series of these little villages that came together, and you still see that structure today.” “The 20 arrondissements of Paris are these little neighborhoods. When you have that kind of structure, you get a very even distribution of shops, physicians, pharmacies, cafes, in Paris.”Larson, an architect and researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, advises a similar type of urban planning for today’s growing cities. He calls a neighborhood a “compact urban cell.” They’re about 1.5 kilometres across, and may house 20,000 to 50,000 residents, as well as most businesses and services the residents need on a daily basis.
“Most of what people need in life can be within a 5- or 10-minute walk,” Larson said in his TED Talk.
With 300–400 million Chinese moving to the cities in the next dozen years, accommodating more residents is crucial. His team at M.I.T. has been working on a city car and an “open loft chassis” that, he says, enable more people to live comfortably in a neighborhood.
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