How aesthetics kill sustainable cities | A review |
To this day, urban planning is often understood only as an aesthetic intervention. But aesthetics often kill a sustainable and reasonable cities structure. This article appeared more than twenty years ago in Telepolis - Magazine of Net Culture.At that time I was concerned with the sustainability of the urban development of the Expo 2000 in Hannover. Today this topic is more current than ever. Therefore here is an english version of the original german article.This article mentions important design concepts of the early 20th century, for example the sun-facing cities by Alexander Klein, Leberecht Migge and El Lissitzky. An integral design approach should use green ventilation corridors and reasonable building orientation and volumes for an optimal cities climate. But integral design concepts are still rare in city planning.