Haussmann’s avenues were not designed for walking— a point lost on most visitors to Paris today. One and two kilometers in length, these ‘new’ boulevards exceed human scale, extending for a distance that surpasses our innate abilities to experience place. Read More.
Considered by some as the best example of Baroque Planning, the Paris we see today is actually more modern than Manhattan. While the Commissioner’s Plan for NYC dates from 1811, Paris was re-invented between 1855 and 1871. The urbanism of the Belle Epoch was so good that three Exposition Universelle, held every 11 years, showcased the city as much as any agricultural or industrial product. Eiffel’s tower, built for Expo 1889, remained the world’s tallest structure until the Chrysler Building opened in NYC in 1930. Read More.
Whether travelling to Rome, or simply visiting from the armchair, understanding the fundamental facts of Rome’s urbanism will make the experience more memorable. For those interested in urbanism Rome is still the place where urbanism is thick enough to cut with a knife, or a jpeg camera. Read more.
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