The Ideal City: Exploring Urban Futures

Edited by gestalten

OPL BOOK SUMMARY:  “What kind of cities do we want to live in? Every week, 1.5 million people move into urban areas worldwide in search of opportunities and a better life. What kind of home do we want to create for humanity?” The Ideal City is a powerful book of projects globally as we begin to move to more progressive cities that meet the needs of many while valuing earth’s resources.

Journey around the world from one inspiring project to another. The Urban Farming office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is alive with greenery. The building is dripping with hanging planter boxes filled with local vegetation. This vertical farm processes food and acts as a microclimate through the building. Can you imagine the smell of the clean air?  Designing public spaces with a human-centered approach enhances the quality of life. In San Francisco, Market Street used to be a congested thoroughfare with worn infrastructure and unsafe. When it went car-free in 2020 it became a joy of the city – calmer, accessible, encouraging more people to local shops. Consider the super-green highway in Seoul, South Korea. The Seoul Skygarden is an elevated linear park soaring over half a mile.  Keep this book on your coffee table — to pick up and turn to a page and be inspired by these buildings and public places.

This is a book about hope. Hope for cities that are resourceful, accessible, shared, safe, and desirable.

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