"I guess there is this very difficult tradition, which comes from the way we teach architecture and planning, the idea that one person can solve everything. We even have this term, the ‘master plan’, like I’m going to ‘do’ the master plan which will answer all the questions. And of course we know, its impossible. Cities are unbelievably complex, so even the idea of a master plan is really crazy. All we can do is make a kind of framework…a very robust framework which allows life to take place. One thing I can be sure about, in ten years, twenty years, fifty years, one hundred years, human beings will be more or less the same size, our senses will work more or less in the same way, we’ll probably enjoy meeting each other in the same way we enjoy meeting each other today—just as happy about handshakes and hugs and flirting glimpses. I don’t believe we can plan for things. I don’t think, by me drawing a line, I can make things happen, I can’t force anybody to do anything, or be anyone. But we can make invitations. We can invite people to walk. We can invite people to sit, to stay. Invitations to a better everyday, a better way to cross the street, a better way to wait for the bus, a better way to live your life. That’s all we can do."
— David Sim | Gehl Architects | Quote from the 2013 documentary The Human Scale. (via city-motions)
"Decades ago, the city was the theatre of political debate and class conflict; whereas today, as the middle class grows, it is a dumb backdrop to mass servitude towards the apolitical democracy imposed by the market. Facing this reality, we need to reformulate an image for the city form against the totalizing space of urbanization."
— Brussels - A Manifesto. Towards the Capital of Europe (p.33)
The Berlage (via citybreaths)