Monday, March 11, 2013

Socialist Town Planning in San Francisco


Portmanteau.ro has created a nice mapped visualisation that allows users to visualise how Bucharest's huge Centrul Civic would look if it had been built in their own back yard.

The Centrul Civic district was built in central Bucharest in the 1980s under the dictator Nicolae Ceau┼čescu. The creators of Portmanteau.ro believe that the Centrul Civic is "the most violent scar" left by Ceau┼čescu's regime on Bucharest.

In order to convey the huge scale of the city's communist urban planning Portmanteau.ro allows users to see what the Centrul Civic would look like if it was built in their own towns. For example, in the screenshot above I've attempted to see what the visual effect would be if we replaced San Francisco's wasted empty spaces in the Golden Gate Park with a huge redevelopment of concrete buildings.
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