By Willem Salet, Sako Musterd

The altering spatial association of the town of Amsterdam displays a larger-scale approach: the frequent form of Western towns is altering around the globe. for hundreds of years, the city center used to be taken with no consideration because the point of interest for foreign contacts and daily actions. The essays accumulated the following think about how city areas were transformed—not in basic terms spatially yet socially, economically, and culturally—into multi-centered metropolitan arrays, with participants interpreting the recent city identities which can emerge from such altering stipulations.

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And for Berlage their picturesque qualities were only acceptable when combined with monumentalism. In the past that had arisen out of religious ideals, modern monumentalism should express the ideal of the equality of all men. According to some authors, including Francis Freankel (1976, 49), Berlage was clearly influenced by the concept of la città ideale, the cosmic city. He placed the emphasis in his design upon straight lines and geometrical relationships. With this mathematical order, he wanted to create a new unity, something which had been lost with the rise of free, “bourgeois” forms.

In part this was due to the fact that a city sometimes changes faster than its planners could have foreseen. For example, very different groups moved in than had been envisaged. Those who came were mainly immigrants, with very few people from the old working-class districts, while a high percentage of the new inhabitants were the poor and unemployed. The parking garages and the long, spartan walkways designed in the relatively safe 1960s had by the turn of the decade turned into breeding grounds for crime.

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