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Geography/Planning 379 : “Urban Growth & Development” Lecture 23: Future Urban Geographies. The Urban Region: Megalopolis, BosWash, SanSan? 2. Strips and Megastructures 3. Ecumenopolis vs. Arcologies Your Future Urban Geographies? Practice Exam 3

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geography planning 379 urban growth development lecture 23 future urban geographies
Geography/Planning 379 : “Urban Growth & Development”Lecture 23: Future Urban Geographies
  • The Urban Region:Megalopolis, BosWash, SanSan?

2. Strips and Megastructures

3. Ecumenopolis vs. Arcologies

  • Your Future Urban Geographies?
  • Practice Exam 3

“Suppose a thousand suns should rise together into the sky: such is the glory of the shape of the infinite.”

–Bhagavad-Gita

1 the urban region
1. The Urban Region
  • Way back in 1970: U.S. Commission on Population Growth and the American Future – “Urban Constellations”
  • Inspiration for the idea: Jean Gottman’s Megalopolis
  • Today’s version: ‘The Network City’

ChiPitts

San San

BosWash or BosNYWash

2 strips and megastructures
2. Strips and Megastructures
  • Decentralization, major theme of the course
  • “Strips”: The Linear logic of the auto…
megastructures
…Megastructures
  • Supersizers dominate our lives…
    • Big Government
    • Big Corporations
    • Big Universities
    • Big Developments
    • Big Box Stores
    • Superregional Malls
3 ecumenopolis vs arcologies
3. Ecumenopolis vs. Arcologies

Two opposing futurist views…

  • Doxiadis: “Ecumenopolis”
    • Wispy lacelike World City
    • Two scales: local + global
  • Paolo Soleri: “Arcologies”
    • Arcology = Architecture + Ecology
    • Arcosanti http://www.arcosanti.org/