Afterword: the urban jungle or urban jigsaw?

Anne Power and John Houghton

in Jigsaw cities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9781861346599
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302636 | DOI:
Afterword: the urban jungle or urban jigsaw?

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This section suggests that the urban future depends on thinking of cities as the human equivalent of trees, as Gaudi had envisioned in his great basilica – dense, diverse, light and dark, self-regenerating, strong, tall and small, life-supporting, and long-lasting. It explains that trees are magical in their wealth, strength, contrasts, and energy, carefully fitting one layer of growth inside another, just as our urban jigsaw fits together within the frame of the big picture. It further suggests the problems of the cities are not problems of chaos but of ‘organized complexity’ for which new solutions will emerge.

Keywords: urban future; Gaudi; cities; organized complexity

Chapter.  580 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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