In my previous post, I addressed some assumptions author Vishaan Chakrabarti makes in How Density Makes Us Safer During Natural Disasters. I don’t mean to single out Mr. Chakrabarti – many of his points are well-taken. Among them the reduced energy consumption of urban dwellers, balanced by his acknowledgment that “[r]egardless of the inherent environmental advantages of urban living, however, cities are vulnerable sets of materials and systems, and Sandy revealed some of their glaring deficiencies.” Over at messysystems.com, we can certainly appreciate the notion of a city’s resilience as a resultant of its systems. However, let’s look at examples of when density does and doesn’t make ‘us’ safer during disasters. [Read more…] about Disasters depend
I am in Tokyo traveling/visiting this week. I must say, it’s an amazing progressive city and culture. So many amazing buildings here. Wow. It’s a huge city, but has a small city feel in the smaller neighborhoods within the city. Public transportation is easy to use, bikes are all over the place, public spaces/parks are great, public art and multiple museums dot the city. It’s like New York City, a bit of Chicago and Vegas lights. Will be posting more pictures when I return. Today’s picture is of the Prada store. This building was built several years ago but has an amazing look and feel from both the outside and inside. Designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meauron.