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By Moshe Safdie

In an age of digital workplaces, city flight, and deliberate gated groups, are towns turning into out of date? during this passionate manifesto, Moshe Safdie argues that as crucibles for inventive, social, and political interplay, important towns are an natural and worthy a part of human civilization. If we're to rescue them from dispersal and rot, we needs to first revise our definition of what constitutes a city.Unlike many that think that we needs to choose from towns and suburbs, among mass transit and highways, among monolithic highrises and panoramic vistas, Safdie envisions the way to have all of it. easy mobility all through a area of various facilities, residential groups, and common open areas is the most important to restoring the wealthy public existence that towns as soon as supplied whereas honoring our profound hope for privateness, flexibility, and freedom. With suggestions akin to transportation nodes, increased relocating sidewalks, public application vehicles, and structures designed to maximise sunlight, perspectives, and private interplay, Safdie's concept demanding situations us all to create a extra fulfilling and humanistic atmosphere.

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Urban life broke down social barriers, as a wide range of business, commercial, cultural, and educational exchanges occurred within a single zone - the downtown center, which included formal public meedng places, as well as informal venues like cafes and arcades, crowded streets and parks. Now as our roles in society become ever more specialized (and thus more isolating), our basic need for interaction increases. Major contemporary hospitals are concentrations into a single complex of the hundreds of specialists who have become essential in providing the full array of medical services.

STAMFORD I was invited to Stamhrd in 1972 by the F, B. Rich Company (which had been designated by the Stamford Redevelopment Authority to develop tbe downtwn center) to discuss the city's growth patterns and planning. By the time of my arrival, a few high-rise office towers had been built in the downtown, including a headquarters for GTE and several smaller office buildings, and the urban renewaf plan called for adding a mega-shopping center, With Stamford" groowing population and business community, the mall appeared ripe far construction.

STAMFORD I was invited to Stamhrd in 1972 by the F, B. Rich Company (which had been designated by the Stamford Redevelopment Authority to develop tbe downtwn center) to discuss the city's growth patterns and planning. By the time of my arrival, a few high-rise office towers had been built in the downtown, including a headquarters for GTE and several smaller office buildings, and the urban renewaf plan called for adding a mega-shopping center, With Stamford" groowing population and business community, the mall appeared ripe far construction.

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