By Michael Hough
Cities and common Process is a publication for all keen on the way forward for our towns, their layout and sustainability, and our caliber of lifestyles inside them.
Michael Hough describes how financial and technological values have squeezed any actual experience of nature out of the trendy urban, the ways that this has led to
a divisive separation of geographical region and town, has wasted a lot of the city's assets, and has formed an city aesthetic that is sharply at odds with either normal and social procedures. by contrast is determined another background of ecological values informing confirmed techniques to city layout which paintings with^n nature within the city.
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Professor Tjeerd Deelstra, of the International Institute for the Urban Environment at Delft, has suggested that in industrialized countries the management of urban resources is anonymous. The supply of electricity and water, the processing of waste, are not visible to urban people and they consequently do not feel responsible for them. ‘You simply turn on the light or open the tap and light and water are there. ’21 In developing countries the supply systems—biomass production, brick-making, recycling industries—are all visible.
Consciously or unconsciously, this sense of wonder is rooted in the idea that we are face to face with overpowering natural forces, a part of a continuum of geological time and process that has evolved over tens of thousands of years. The erosion processes that originally created the falls continue to do so. What we see today is different from what Father Hennepin saw (the first white man to visit them in 1679), or what our distant descendants will see a hundred or a thousand years hence. Thus our current appreciation must be seen in this context; a mere instant of time within the evolving continuum of nature.
Should it be removed entirely or only partially? And what form should the rocks that remained take to create the most pleasing effect? This and other problems prompted detailed landscape design studies to be undertaken with the help of a large-scale model. The aesthetic impacts of various alternatives were tested over a considerable length of time. The real issue that eventually surfaced, however, was how one perceives natural phenomena in terms of process. It was apparent that the Niagara Falls are a natural feature of astounding drama and grandeur and a source of wonder for all who come to see them.
Cities and Natural Process by Michael Hough