Geospatial Analysis and Living Urban Geometry [chapter]

Pietro Pagliardini, Sergio Porta, Nikos A. Salingaros
2010 Geojournal Library  
This essay outlines how to incorporate morphological rules within the exigencies of our technological age. We propose using the current evolution of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) technologies beyond their original representational domain, towards predictive and dynamic spatial models that help in constructing the new discipline of "urban seeding". We condemn the high-rise tower block as an unsuitable typology for a living city, and propose to re-establish human-scale urban fabric that
more » ... esembles the traditional city. Pedestrian presence, density, and movement all reveal that open space between modernist buildings is not urban at all, but neither is the open space found in today's sprawling suburbs. True urban space contains and encourages pedestrian interactions, and has to be designed and built according to specific rules. The opposition between traditional self-organized versus modernist planned cities challenges the very core of the urban planning discipline. Planning has to be re-framed from being a tool creating a fixed future to become a visionary adaptive tool of dynamic states in evolution. 1. A city's life is the direct result of pedestrians using its public urban spaces. 2. Urban space is an open container for crisscrossing footpaths, protected from, but at the same time connected to all other forms of transportation. 3. Urban space also provides the setting for the crucial human contact with nature. 4. The function of building fronts is to enhance the enclosure and informational properties of urban space. 5. All urban space is connected in a pedestrian network: sidewalks simply widen out into plazas. 6. A street is urban space that allows itself to be traversed by vehicular traffic, sacrificing pedestrian space locally in exchange for connecting pedestrian space globally. 7. Where the pedestrian network crosses another transport network, pedestrians must be protected by the physical structure itself.
doi:10.1007/978-90-481-8572-6_17 fatcat:uztffghlezfsbamkvmzvv3p5je