A Country Of Cities - Transit Oriented Urban Density
We had the opportunity to sit in on a talk by Vishaan Chakrabarti on the nature of cities, transit-oriented urban density, and the impact of cities on our quality of life and the planet’s ecological health. He gave a TED Talk on similar themes in 2018, which we’ve embedded below. Notably, Chakrabarti points out that developing high density living areas should not be the work of homogeneity, producing cities that all look and function the same. The architectural stories of cities needs to communicate a sense of place and create opportunities for community building at every street corner, stairwell, and park. He wrote a book in 2012 called “A Country OF Cities” that is still just as relevant today as it was then, and to which we’ll link and share a few choice quotes from below. His perspective is an important one and worth exploring.