Cityscape: Wenzhou Street, Da’an, Taipei

Taipei’s Da’an district is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, with over 70,000 people per square mile.  Da’an district also includes Da’an Forest Park, National Taiwan University, and unpopulated areas to the south and south-east of NTU.  The areas shown here are probably over 100,000 people per square mile. Standing at the intersection where lanes 56 and 58 meet at Wenzhou street, and … Continue reading Cityscape: Wenzhou Street, Da’an, Taipei

Condition 2: Short Blocks – Creating an Index

“Most blocks must be short; that is, streets and opportunities to turn corners must be frequent.” -The Death and Life of Great American Cities; Chapter 9, “The need for small blocks”. It’s a little bit tricky to define precisely what it means for a block to be short.  It appears that Jacobs’s intended metric is not so much the actual size of blocks, as the … Continue reading Condition 2: Short Blocks – Creating an Index

Reading List

Fundamental Texts “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” by Jane Jacobs, 1961. “Rail Integrated Communities in Tokyo” by J. Calimente, 2012. “Transforming Cities with Transit” by Suzuki, Cervero, and Iuchi, 2013. “When Tokyo was a Slum” by M. Echanove and R. Srivastava, 2013. Supporting Texts “World Development Report 2009: Reshaping Economic Geography”.  Gehl Architects on Private Rail Operators in Japan. Keiichiro Ando on the … Continue reading Reading List