By Willem Salet, Sako Musterd
The altering spatial association of the town of Amsterdam displays a larger-scale method: the regularly occurring form of Western towns is altering around the globe. for hundreds of years, the city center used to be taken without any consideration because the point of interest for foreign contacts and daily actions. The essays accumulated the following ponder how city areas were transformed—not in basic terms spatially yet socially, economically, and culturally—into multi-centered metropolitan arrays, with members interpreting the recent city identities which could emerge from such altering stipulations.
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According to him, these often lacked any form of monumentalism. And for Berlage their picturesque qualities were only acceptable when combined with monumentalism. In the past that had arisen out of religious ideals, modern monumentalism should express the ideal of the equality of all men. According to some authors, including Francis Freankel (1976, 49), Berlage was clearly influenced by the concept of la città ideale, the cosmic city. He placed the emphasis in his design upon straight lines and geometrical relationships.
No longer was development limited by natural conditions, as it had been in 1380. Here nature was bent entirely to the will of the city carpenter, the military engineer, and the surveyor – the first true urban planners. The canal system was built in phases, starting in 1613, and swept like a giant windshield wiper from west to east. Originally only the stretches between the Brouwersgracht and the Leidsegracht were developed. Once all the plots along these had been developed, it was decided in 1657 to extend the canals to the Amstel.
He placed the emphasis in his design upon straight lines and geometrical relationships. With this mathematical order, he wanted to create a new unity, something which had been lost with the rise of free, “bourgeois” forms. He repeated the pattern of concentric rings from the old city in his new plan, but this time in the form of regular polygons. He planned for large public squares at all the intersections, with prominent buildings acting as markers. He wanted to create several centers, so that his city would not close in around a single focus.