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Troyeth
February 6th, 2009, 09:52 PM
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February, 2009

ablarc
February 7th, 2009, 10:49 AM
An inspiring lesson. If the urbanist fundamentals are right --and here they mostly are-- the buildings' style doesn't matter. Refreshing to see Modernism applied in this context. The result is quite interesting visually.

Where are the shops?

Where do people keep their cars? A central garage or two?

Luca
March 6th, 2009, 06:16 PM
Having spent a reasonable amount of time in the Netherlands, it does seem to me there ARE fewer retail outlets than elsewhere. I dunno if they just buy less stuff or zoning laws make it harder. Even in Central Amsterdam there are many streets with no retail at all or very little.

Re. the cars, people who live in those central/urban areas are public transport and bicycle oriented, not as many cars at all.
Lastly: ah. Good old Amsterdam shit weather. Like London but more blustery.

As to the 'modern magnificence'... Meh (personal opinion). The OLD Amsterdam, however, is heart-breakingly beautiful.

Troyeth
March 7th, 2009, 12:37 AM
I concur with all that is written.

As far as Modernist town planning goes, this is the best I've ever experienced. Still, it leaves much to be desired with regards to human scale, satisfying diversity of architecture (within a unifying whole), quality ornament and inspiration. Of course, save for the prominent exceptions, I never have believed Modernism excelled at achieving any of those things.

To be honest though, and this is very unfortunate, I missed what I believe to be the premier area of the Eastern Docklands development, and that is Scheepstimmermanstraat. This particular street is one of the most impressive modernist constructions in the world. It truly is splendid for a whole host of factors, factors which were sadly not replicated or in employed when developing the rest of the Docklands.