WEEK 11 – Managing the Modern Metropolis
1. Given our discussion on urban planning and design in this course, how
should New Orleans rebuild given its continuing vulnerability to
Is it wise to rebuild?
2. Who should pay for large scale infrastructure projects?
and/or federal government?
3. How much authority should we place into the hands of "experts"?
“All that is Solid Melts into Air”
massive construction has made the Bronx an urban nightmare: with drugs, gangs,
garbage, abandoned buildings, etc
Cross Bronx Expressway in the 1950s century, which went through the center of
the borough where he grew up in, forcing thousands of people out of their homes
changed the landscape of the Bronx for the worst, most of the borough
now laid in ruins, and the adjacent streets to the new road now suffered
from fumes and deafening noise
buildings which were occupied for 20 years were abandoned overnight.
Moses = quasi mythological being, due to the reputation his cruelty, visionary
brilliance, obsessive energy and megalomaniac ambition brought him
ability to convince the people that his works represented modernity and
human progress, and that opposing them would be like opposing history and
progress, which seemed impossible for New Yorkers to do.
center of the Bronx was characterized by simple but beautiful art deco
buildings, along a grand concourse that resembled a Parisian boulevard,
and how it was all wrecked by Moses and his gang.
Moses’ works which led to the Cross Bronx Expressway.
Jones Beach State Park: beach in Long Island
spectacular display of the primary forms of nature: earth, sun,
water and sky.
Nature appears with abstract horizontal purity and luminous
Constructed in a former swamp and wasteland.
Not commercialized, serene ambience of Mediterranean romantic
Nice contrast to the cities skyscrapers.
The northern and southern state parkways
gentle flowing, artfully landscaped roads, in an artificially created
Can only be experienced in cars, buses couldn’t pass under low