Saturday, December 6, 2008

image_history of the city

These images came from Benevolo's The History of the City. The first image shows the growth of London from 1830 to 1960. Notice that it is originally concentrated around the Thames, and as it grows it spins out from that node (probably a correlation to highways). The second image is a photograph of Quai du Rosaire, Bruges. This photograph highlights the condition of living on water. The third image shows the outer ports of Bruges, Sluyes, and Damme. This image shows fortified density along the river for trade, depicted with the boats.
The most revelatory image is the fourth image, a map predicting population density by Doxiades forecast for the end of the 21st century. Notice that the population concentrates on the coasts. What happens when the coasts get increasingly encroached by rising sea levels?

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