The Magic of the Grid

A new book by Hannah Higgins seeks to show that the history of modern society is based on the grid.

Ian Baldwin reviews "The Grid Book":

"Higgins defines the grid as "an organized set of modules that allow for manipulation and creativity." Her first chapters, which postulate brick walls and tablet writing as proto-grids that have been with us for thousands of years, suggest that this modularity has an instinctual appeal to humans. City plans and map projections formalized the grid as a field of intersecting lines, which gave us the Mercator projection. This gridded worldview is everywhere-and The Grid Book is at its most intriguing uncovering some of the less obvious manifestations."

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Angular grids

I'm interested in learning about good examples of angular grids in cities/towns.

Any examples??

Angular grids

The American west has many tilted grids. Denver, Cheyenne are two. Edmonton another.

Best,

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Are they "good" ?

Do you think they are good examples re attractive, walkable, livable designs?

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