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15 Ancient Cities & What They Teach Us

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rubina2013
rubina2013  
8/18/2014 9:46:11 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: No Planning Possible
Is China is Ghost's city? In India you can find many Ancient Cities..

 

Rubina

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CitySolver
CitySolver  
3/25/2014 3:10:10 PM
User Rank Blogger
cultural learnings of America!! Borat
This shows how sustainability has to be site specific. Many ancient cities that looked like they would be hell to live in (because of their density, or apparent lack of order) are very sophisticated and much like any intervention, studies have to be made of unique knowledge that the population has before cuggesting changes. Its like turning up to find an underground spring with nop map, you are bound to cause unnecessary damage.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
2/3/2014 10:25:27 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Missing skills/imagination
Agreed, @PeterJ. But the problem we have is that we can afford, at least economically, to generate a lot of built junk. If it took longer to plan and build things, we might not be in the urban mess we often find ourselves in.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
1/31/2014 7:56:10 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Missing skills/imagination
Yes, I think that concept can be applied to modern society as a whole. Our technology is temporary, too. The relevance of the permanence of ancient building and engineering is important.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/30/2014 6:11:59 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Where are the cities?
Ah, understood, RamonAntonio! That sounds like it'd be a true deep dive, and hopefully we can take that on at some point soon.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/30/2014 12:35:50 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Where are the cities?
@Amy, great musings on urban heaps. There is also a lot of interest in what lies beneath the surface of any area, urban or rural. The layering isn't unique to cities for sure.

 

 

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/30/2014 12:34:09 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Not as ancient as Ur, but...
Great point, Terry. There is no doubt that many treasures and incredible finds are waiting to be excavated in the "New World." We may be in for some surprises. Perhaps something older than Ur may surface, who knows?

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/30/2014 12:29:33 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: No Planning Possible
Seems as though commuting can introduce problems to an urban economy, no? Our modern-day ability to travel to and from work relatively quickly in individual cars, coupled with mad-dash developments that allow workers to live far from the city center, has made a mess of things in many areas.

The saddest thing is that many urban sprawls were created intentionally.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/30/2014 12:28:09 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: No Planning Possible
@shjacks55, you hit on something important -- our present-day ability to use our abilities to build speedily to build where there is really no demand.

This isn't a US phenomenon: China's "ghost cities" and even seemingly well-intentioned test cities  show what can happen when planning is "about the benjamins."

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/30/2014 12:19:49 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Missing skills/imagination
I hear you, @Prashanth. When it takes more effort to build something, one might take a bit more effort to plan it.

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