By Mr. Massimo Cacciari, Mr. Stephen Sartarelli
An advent to the writings of social thinker Massimo Cacciari. He reviews the relation among philosophy and sleek structure and applies the contemplating avant-garde architects, artists and writers to the social and political difficulties raised via technological society.
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He refers to the inner areas that have regenerated in recent years but even more to new ‘suburban cities’, such as a centre of twenty small blocks at Belmar in Lakewood, Colorado, where there is ‘a 60% premium per unit area over the single family homes in the neighborhood around it’. The abruptness of the change is underscored by the fact that the Belmar small urban blocks replaced a regional suburban shopping mall! Leinberger uses the terms ‘lifestyle’ and ‘faux urban’ to qualify the character of such centres, and so highlights their strengths and weaknesses.
If Japan is an indicator of urban things to come, more small stores within walking distance of home will open for all of the day. By 2002, convenience stores occupied more of Japan’s surface area than all of the nation’s department stores, and handled more business. Ninety-five per cent of Japanese 7–11 convenience stores or combini are open day and night. Further, at least 70 per cent of all combini customers travel less than 5 minutes for their purchases. Combini are in effect highly compact (typically around 100 m2) and highly organized multifunctional corner stores in which shopping as well as other transactions such as banking, travel and car-hire, and even microwave cooking can take place; and where goods can be purchased in very small quantities – single items at a time (Klauser, 2002).
Further, densities of 1,000 or more people are commonplace in Hong Kong, and can rise to approximately four times that figure per hectare on particular blocks or lots, for instance in Mong Kok and in some new towns. Thirty-plus storey housing and commercial towers are a ubiquitous sight across the metropolis, with multi-level shopping a general experience. Gross residential densities measure in four figure whole numbers in several places – a phenomenon hardly known at even small spot points in most of the urbanized world.