Cumbernauld – the Worst Place Ever Planned

Yet Another Urban Blog

Glorious urban failures provide us with excellent opportunities to learn and understand mistaken urban planning concepts and their consequences. This post focuses on one of the more dramatic urban failures, which happened to take place in Britain.

After the second world war, the modernistic approach to architecture and urban planning took hold. While many Europeans countries did not build as much as less developed countries after the war, they still managed to build extensively, and especially Britain. Following the New Towns Act of 1946, the British government promoted the development of tens of new towns in the 1950s and 1960s – probably the worst period of town planning in the West and maybe even the entire world throughout history. On top of all the crappy cities built in Britain during this period, Cumbernauld shines the brightest (or gloomiest). Cumbernauld was established during the 1950s as an independent town north east…

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High Rising — Architecture, Urbanism, and the Cinema

Eric Brightwell

AprilisNational Landscape Architecture Month. This got me thinking about an idea for a piece but, as often happens, I found myself tumbling down a rabbit hole of research tangents and decided I’d start with a post about architecture of the non-landscape variety. Apparently there is no “National Architecture Month” and Los Angles proclaimed October “Architecture Month” but, well, whatever.

I’m sure that lots of kids played with blocks, in sandboxes, had Erector sets, &c but I don’t recall every hearing anyone speak of architects with the same reverence they did pop stars, actors, and professional athletes. My siblings and I enjoyed construction toys like CapselaLincoln Logs, Legos, and I had some sort of castle building brick set too. I also used to also draw blue prints for imaginary dream homes.  I dug a moat for Castle Greyskull near the gully because it seemed like a better…

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Classification Territories and Arts of Resistance in the Urban Space


Author: Aliki Kylika

By 2050 65-75% of the world population will live in cities.[1] As more people are gathered in the urban centres, the urban borders are infinitely expanded transforming the shape of the cities and of the surrounding countryside. In this expansion people are the absolute necessity for the city’s viability, but despite this fact they are not necessarily participant in the design of the urban space. A number of surveys and workshops are claiming to take into consideration the wishes of the local residents in the process of redeveloping each area, but the jargon, the phrasing and the structuring of these surveys raise questions on how much of their content is grasped. The whole process of extracting conclusions from such classification surveys is highly questionable, as it seems that they can easily be manipulated towards the speculations of local authorities and financial investors.

The viability of each urban…

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