Steven W. Semes: The View From Rome

Contemporary architects and planners are rediscovering the value of the garden city ideas today. Back in England, where the garden city idea began, Poundbury offers a successful alternative model to sprawl, with its walkable neighborhoods, natural setting, and new traditional architecture. In Italy, Pier Carlo Bontempi has designed a borgo in the Emilian countryside that includes houses, a hotel, a church, streets, and piazze on a platform with parking below. On the Adriatic Coast, Luigi Del Sordo has completed a project for social housing that, while an infill rather than a town on its own, offers a model for further development, complete with community garden and vistas into the countryside. All of these examples give us hope for a rebirth of healthy and sustainable development

via The View From Rome.


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