Posted by steve on October 14, 2002 at 11:02:10:
In Reply to: Re: Our Public places are deserted!!! posted by Richard Haut on October 14, 2002 at 10:39:56:
Richard: obviously Italian, French and examples from many other places work well. But the mistake architects often make is to say , if it works so well in Vicenza, it should work just as well in XYZ city. Then , the space is built, and it sits empty, and people say...well look how poorly it is designed...without understanding the real lessons. Here is an anology: in our U.S. cities it is often 5 times more expensive to park ones car in town as it is to take public transportation. But what would most people rather do (except the architects, of- course)? They drive! And we have the same buses and trains that many Europeans do! It is a cultural difference, one that is grounded in self-sufficiency, which like many things, is both a strength and a weakness.
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