Posted by UrbanSlider on November 21, 2002 at 21:01:34:
heya folks! Contemplating on Rem Koolhaas's ' delirious new york ' , ' S,M, L, XL' and his other 2 books on china, along wif other books by richard rogers and urban planners, are our metropolises becoming denser vertical jungles? Internet has the power to connect and interlink the global metropolises together into a megalopolis. Awesome concept. But how much can a city or urban domain act as a container beyond which its urban capacity exeeds its threshold and architects have to devise new ways to link offices, housing and commercial spaces together in a tighter urban fabric?
Global demographics are showing that population figures are rocketting towards the grey revolution where aged people are predominant. How does a metropolis cope with such a social agenda in the midst of rapid urban reconstruction and destruction? Will the day come when we walk the streets and all we see is tall buildings interconnected to the extent that we cannot see a proper sunrise or sunset anymore? Overshadowing will become a big issue as buildings shoot vertically as population density rises.
Hmmm....we should question about underground living and underwater living too. Maybe living on the moon will be a better choice? how does interplanetary architecture come about if it does come to pass?