Summary of How to Make an Attractive City

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The video discusses how cities need to be designed in a way that is more livable and efficient, and how this can be achieved through the use of local materials and forms. It argues that the only way to make this happen is through government regulation and public support.

  • 00:00:00 This manifesto argues that cities should aim to have order and variety, visible life, and compactness in order to be attractive. Cities that follow these principles are generally more popular and livable.
  • 00:05:00 The author discusses how the design of cities has changed over the years and how this has resulted in cities that are less livable and more wasteful. He advocates for the return of compact, well-ordered cities with a lot of squares in public spaces. He suggests that the ideal city block height is five stories, and that towers should be reserved for special occasions. Finally, he advocates for the use of local designs.
  • 00:10:00 The video explains that cities need strong characters that are connected to the use of distinctive local materials and forms, and that this can only be achieved through rigorous, enforced regulation by the government. It argues that this can only be done if the public is behind it, and that this is why the video was created.

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