Friday, November 2

Geometry of Capitals

The abstract concept of a modern nation-state calls for nothing other than abstract geometrical patterns for the nation's capital.

The Hexagon of Canberra, Australia (1913)
Planned by Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin of Chicago.

The Triangle of New Delhi, India (1929)
Planned by Edwin Lutyens under British colonial rule.

The Airplane/Butterfly of Brasilia (1956)
Architect Oscar Niemeyer insisted upon butterfly, but most people see an airplane.

The Oval of Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire (1983)

The Rectangle of Astana, Kazakhstan (under construction)
Astana is fascinating. Newly acquired oil money is fueling some of the most opulent architecture in the world way out in the isolated steppes of northern Kazakhstan.


Bob Giordano said...

The best cities seem to resemble individual cells in the human body. I've been thinking a lot about that relationship. What got me started: in the middle of a slide show (not a power point), as I was showing cities in Europe from the plane i was in, a 'city' came up that i did not recognize, but looked like a great place to live- it was a human cell! The photo lab had accidently given me a slide from a doctor...

from atoms to the planets, rivers to blood, we can learn a lot about good design from our universe, our planet, our human body.

-Bob Giordano, Missoula Institute for Sustainable Transportation

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