Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Depth and Complexity of the Bottom-Up vs. the Facile, Over-(Under-)Planned, Top-Down

One of these gets it:


EuropaCity (Courtesy BIG)

You can't control the uncontrollable.  But that apparently won't stop designers from trying to design every detail of things they can never fully grasp.  Everyone else is the expert of their lives and surroundings.  Cities are about a platform for that and empowering choice.  Or photoshopping heavy agricultural uses on top of a city, nevermind the structures necessary to support the weight of soil, nor the need for depth of soil and crop rotation necessary to sustain fertile soil chemistry, nor the dirty rainwater run-off.  Will just capture it.  And shower with it or something.  Techno!