Friday, 31 May 2013

16 Hypotheses for an Ideal City

The broad headings -Alexander’s hypotheses
1. Public discussion places needed – sense of belonging, of self-actualization
2. Places for young people to meet and challenge each other constructively (Erikson’s identity vs role confusion).
3. Schools open to the city, not closed. (Adolescent feels more connected with society –versus alienation)
4. Small group work stations – happier, more productive
5. Split work and play – leisure needed for sense of belonging
6. Windows in workplaces – access to outside world
7. Old age islands – old people like to live with other old people
8. Group houses – where people live in communes (nuclear family unit too small for adequate support)
9. Homes link closely with street – people will feel more connected with neighbors, safer and happier
10. Homes with walls that can be moved. Adaptable and flexible homes.
11. Teenage room/cottage/studio for self-exploration – Ericson identity need
12. Child care – each house opens off a common area for supervised play
13. City hall small and easily accessible
14. Religious institutions open to community – public displays
15. Frequently placed trees.
16. Better funeral facilities with longer ceremonies.

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