THE DESTRUCTION OF URBAN SPACE

THE SPECIFIC SIGNIFICANCE OF URBAN SPACE IS INITIALLY REVEALED BY DISTINGUISHING IT FROM LAND. WHEN LAND IS CONCEIVED AS THE RESOURCE FOR CITIES IT IS ALSO CONCEIVED AS THE MEDIUM SHAPING URBAN FORM. TWO-DIMENSIONAL VALUES OF LAND THEN DOMINATE THE CONCEPTION OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT. LAND IN ITS TWO-DIMENSIONS IS PRIMARILY VALUABLE AS A NATURAL RESOURCE FOR GROWING FOOD AND FIBER. WHEN CITIES OCCUPY LAND, WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS THE CUBIC SPACE THAT THE LAND AFFORDS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF DYNAMIC ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF URBAN LIFE. THE FULL BURDEN OF RELATING ONE URBAN ELEMENT TO ANOTHER REMAINS ALMOST ENTIRELY UPON THE STREET LEVEL, THE LAND. THE PRESENT METROPOLITAN OUTBURSTING COULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT THE AUTOMOBILE. IT DESTROYS URBAN SPACE BY: (1) DEMANDING LAND TO TRAVEL ON, TO PARK ON, AND TO CARE FOR IT, (2) THE MOTOR CAR PRESENTS ITS OWNERS WITH THE MEANS TO ESCAPE THE CONGESTION OF GROUND SPACE THAT RESULTS IN LARGE PART FROM ITS OWN OPERATION, AND (3) THE CIRCULAR ACTION IS COMPLETED WHEN SUBURBAN FAMILIES ARE REQUIRED BY THEIR LOW-DENSITY LIVING PATTERNS TO OWN A SECOND OR EVEN A THIRD AUTOMOBILE. TO PROMOTE THE PRACTICAL AND THEORETICAL IMPORTANCE OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL URBAN SPACE, A SERIES OF BRIEF PROPOSITIONS ARE PRESENTED: (1) URBAN SPACE IS A CREATED RESOURCE BASED ON LAND, A NATURAL RESOURCE, (2) SPACE IS THE MOST COMMON AND INCLUSIVE MEDIUM OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT, (3) THREE-DIMENSIONAL SPACE INJECTS MANY POSSIBILITIES INTO THE STATIC ATTRIBUTES OF LAND TO COVERT IT INTO A DYNAMIC URBAN SYSTEM, (4) NUMEROUS HIGHLY ARTICULATE INSTITUTIONAL DEVICES ARE REQUIRED TO PROMOTE THE EFFECTIVE USE OF THE THIRD DIMENSION OF SPACE IN URBAN DEVELOPMENT, (5) SPECIAL SPACE DESIGN TECHNIQUES ARE REQUIRED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF URBAN SPACE, AND (6) INTERLOCKING LEVELS OF INITIATIVE, DESIGN, AND CONTROL ARE NECESSARY TO ASSURE BEST OVERALL URBAN SPACE DEVELOPMENT. AT PRESENT, URBAN FUNCTIONAL EFFICIENCY IS VERY LOW. THE VALUABLE POTENTIAL OF DEVELOPING EFFECTIVE URBAN SPACE SYSTEMS IS THAT MORE FUNCTIONS CAN BE INTEGRATED IN FAR CLOSER PROXIMITY AT MAJOR NODAL POINTS OF EACH CITY FOR A VAST SAVING OF SPACE, TIME, AND MONEY. DYNAMIC CONCEPT OF URBAN SPACE SHOULD BE EQUALLY USEFUL IN NORTH PLATTE OR NEW YORK. IT ACCENTS THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN LARGE OPEN SPACES WITH LITTLE OR NO BUILDING, AND LARGE BUILDING MASSES WITH SMALL OR MEDIUM-SIZED OPEN SPACES INCLUDED. GIVEN POPULATIONS AND ACREAGES BECOME SIGNIFICANT ONLY WHEN PHYSICAL, ECONOMIC, AND SOCIAL CRITERIA ARE APPLIED.

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    Eno Transportation Foundation

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  • Authors:
    • Schneider, K R
  • Publication Date: 1970-1

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  • Pagination: p. 59-76
  • Serial:
    • Traffic Quarterly
    • Volume: 24
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Eno Transportation Foundation
    • ISSN: 0041-0713

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  • Accession Number: 00240614
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 1 2001 12:00AM