Towers in the Park, 2012 Style

Julie V. Iovine laments that while walkability is the watchword of the day, architects have to design what they're hired to design -- and that often means designing iconic buildings that turn a blind eye to pedestrians.

The principles of walkability, transit access, open space and variations in scale are key concepts to building a truly sustainable city, writes Julie V. Iovine of The Architect's Newspaper, particularly in the United States. But when American architects are contracted for work in China, Dubai and other far-flung climes, many of those ideals go out the window.

Iovine writes that the problem is especially present in the booming cities of Asia and the Middle East, where "60's-style towers-in-the-park...dressed up with some sustainable flourishes and surrounded by streaking roadways...barely addresses the street-level experience of people trying to get from."

Iovine calls on both architects and planners to work together, "as they are beginning to do so effectively here," to "espouse the same values of human scale and walkability when working abroad."

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It's right in front of you

For architects to provide a quality pedestrian experience, they simply have to look at existing successful examples and understand how to repeat that success. That would be the traditional streetscapes we all know and love. This is not as easy as it sounds becasue of the modernist mindset of so many architects and academics who still look askance to anything that resembles traditional styles. Unfortunatly most architects are still squeemish of decoration or anything that can be seen as beautiful which doesn't reference modernist styles.

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