I've been living in the center of various cities for years. And I keep wondering how cities of the early 21st century are totally dehumanized . The cities were, several centuries ago, point of attraction for artists and simple workers; and they continue to be, but the adaptations they have undergone to withstand the flood of humans have made them toxic. Or maybe it's humans who are the toxins.

An example is building and remodeling without limits . This in Asia is even more crazy. In Seoul it was not uncommon to see how they demolished an entire neighborhood (not a building, but a whole neighborhood) to build hive buildings. Housing in a city is always a business, so building or renovating will always be profitable.

In fact, recently I learned that the neighborhood where I lived in Seoul in 2014 has totally disappeared . Nearby there were train tracks that had been buried for years (the current AREX line), but it was still a useless wasteland that crosses a whole district. A couple of years ago the town council finally decided to make a park-corridor (the Yeontrail) and the whole area has been revalued as the foam.

The photo above shows the open (where a girl rode a tent to play the piano), while the photo below is the result of the remodeling , with its creek. You will definitely want to go see the new (exit 3 of the Hongik metro), but hear that they are throwing entire neighborhoods where the park continues to think, because the original inhabitants often end up displaced / strong> (to put it mildly).

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Traffic is a problem of every city, but I want to focus on the case of the center of Barcelona.

When it was projected Eixample Barcelona , the expansion of the city of the nineteenth, the idea on the plane was great. Wide streets, big apples, low height of buildings to allow light to reach everywhere, and chamfers to allow greater visibility.

In the same way, the originally built buildings had a large area, with a first royal floor (where the master used to live) and then apartments for rent on the upper floors. Because life is done in the street, and it would never make sense that the owner lived in the attic.

However, it is curious how the uses change: now are the most valued attics

strong>. Because it is to escape the noise, to seek the light. The downtown streets rumble with traffic, making it difficult to find tranquility. Streets that once were passers-by, now monopolized by motor vehicles.

Now people flees from the city . In fact, I know several people who have moved out of town after having the first child. Breed your sucker in the chaos of the city? No way. There are plans like the "super-illes", which seek to pacify the streets of Barcelona. And there are those who expect the future of quiet electric cars to help soothe the environment ... but who knows?

Maybe the problem was when everything was paved . Lost contact with the earth. Now only a few lucky trees are able to touch authentic land with their roots. For the rest, we have an asphalt platform where chaos reigns, where you are born denaturalized children, where the only thing that counts is the economic benefit.

  • Adam Floyd