ruminations about architecture and design

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

songdo city and the limits of imagination

This is a street in New Songdo City, South Korea. It could almost be the United States, but the buildings are too new and stylistically consistent. The Globe reported that a Boston developer had a hand in its creation. I'm curious as to why the Koreans felt the need to recruit an American to help them do urban planning. The outcome would have been the same no matter who was involved.

Okay, that's not true. Some genius crackpot out there could have proposed something much more humane, but the vicious economic logic would have crushed that idea.

I'll have some commentary on the Mackintosh Library fire tomorrow.

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