Human Scale in Urban Life
By MortazaviBlog on Jul 27, 2006
I have a brother who is an urban planner and lives in Kalkan, Turkey.
According to him, we should all live in urban areas that are built on a human scale.
In such an urban area, children can walk about, mostly on their own, and adults can get to places of their need, mostly by foot. In such an urban area, work, worship and relaxation occur in proximity of each other, and people know their neighbors and have no difficulty running into their friends on a daily and regular basis, often several times a day. Ideally, such an urban area merges and harmonizes with its natural surroundings to uplift and reconnect the human dwellers to the source of their being.
Such an urban area, built on a human scale, can be part of a large city (this is how traditional cities were built) or part of a small city (this is how small cities were). In either case, the urban area, built on a human scale, regularly connects to other urban areas to ensure flow of goods and services.