Friday, 9 September 2011

Split Levels

Enthusiasts for urban planning get very excited about creating multi-level locations. The idea of elevating transport and services into the infinity of the atmosphere seems like an excellent recipe for maximising efficiency in the use of space. In these postcard examples we see three or even four levels intersecting like spatial vectors. They are not as popular with the general public who have an aversion to endless flights of steps or a simple dislike of vertigo. For myself, the sensation of vertigo is something to be savoured and I find these locations immensely satisfying despite the widely held view that they disfigure the landscape. These cards are all from Germany or the USA and support my contention that the great 19th. century American cities of the North-East and Mid-West were primarily built upon a Teutonic template.

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