I mentioned Savannah's unique grid plan in a previous post, but this video explains the odd history of this city plan a little better. James Oglethorpe's plan was a mixture of a number of different city plans available at the time and he is a big reason why modern day Savannah is such a pleasant place to walk and explore.
The video above is pretty great. I've always known about NYC's grid plan based off of the Commissioners' Plan of 1811, but I didn't know the actual grid type is unique to several cities in the US. NYC's grid plan is based off of long rectangular blocks whereas cities like Savannah are based off of block units that are subdivided into smaller blocks. Barcelona is another city with a unique grid system based on supercells.
It all reminded me of the book The Greatest Grid which explains how NYC's own grid system was created. If you're curious, The Museum of the City of New York has a section dedicated to the grid. And of course, the NYPL is a wealth of information on this topic.
I really like this kind of city design. Where the natural elements are infused into the architecture of the man-made. Where waste is minimized and reusability is key to sustaining the life and businesses above ground. I'd love to visit Berlin one day to see this.
I really enjoyed watching this video explaining how 7.4 billion people (roughly the population of the entire earth) could hypothetically survive in one city. The video first describes a bunch of densely populated places that either exist or existed (looking at you Kowloon Walled City!) in the history of the world and then proceeds to imagine what it would be like for the entire population to live in those city limits. Doesn't sound like fun. Crazy to think though that places like this exist where you literally can't turn a corner and not see a human face.
This video here made me remember the last time I looked into a telescope. It was a Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and I believe I looked at Venus...although I cannot really remember what exactly I saw. I definitely saw something bright in the sky though.
Anyway, this video talks about how city-folk (like me) are losing the ability to see the night sky. Light pollution from cities and the constant barrage of electronics means that even when we are presented with a dark sky, our eyes take much longer to adjust to the darkness than compared to somebody who lives way out in the countryside.