Street Aesthetics

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Christian Andersen has made a beautiful series of three videos about the street aesthetics of New York, Paris and Berlin. Still thinking about city planning after last week’s seminar, and where the similarities and differences in the urban experience lie. We were in Paris recently, live in Berlin and love visiting New York. Of the three, Berlin is by far the most affordable. It’s easy to see why real estate is cheap by comparison when you contrast the population density of the three cities. Just think in terms of area, and history. Paris is a compact walking city, and has a fantastic subway system, charging just 1.50 a ticket to anywhere in the city. Berlin, by contrast, is a complete mess, I never know whether I’m still in a zone covered by my fare, and it takes forever to get from A to B. Tracks are constantly being repaired because the city and its environs are so huge and still somewhat disconnected.
New York:
Population: 8.245 million (2011)
Area: 1,213 km²
Population: 2.234 million (Jan 2009)
Area: 105.4 km²
Population: 3.52 million (Jul 2012)
Area: 891.8 km²

The Street Aesthetic of New York City from Christian Andersen on Vimeo.

The Street Aesthetic of Paris from Christian Andersen on Vimeo.

The Street Aesthetic of Berlin from Christian Andersen on Vimeo.


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