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The city as an egg

Posted by / October 19, 2011


Architect and visionary Cedric Price (1934-2003) saw the evolution of cities move through stages that look a bit like your morning breakfast options. His ovo-urban analogy compared the city to egg, developing through three stages:

1. Ancient city: The boiled egg

In ancient times, urban dwellers used a city wall to protect from attacks and much of the city activity was in a dense, compact center.

2. 17-19th century city: The fried egg

City walls eventually came down as rapid population growth expanded the city’s borders. Despite the residential sprawl, much of the power remained in a central location.

3. Modern and future city: The scrambled egg

Improved modes of mobility have cracked the city center and allowed it, along with the people in it, to spread further from the former core.

Full story at Big Think.

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