What makes a street attractive? What provides the invitation to stroll or linger?
Is it the placement of trees that line the street, the storefronts which have glass facades revealing what lies inside or the urban furniture that creates an outdoor living room. Low rise buildings vs high rises, create density while not overwhelming pedestrians with their heights, opening a view of blue sky.
A great street is all this and more, and even if we can’t exactly describe the magic combination, we know it when we walk it.
Photography Credit: Aminah Ricks
Urban Layers is a very cool tool, which helps us understand not only the density, but also the history of the creation of Manhattan’s urban fabric. It is a flexible, multi-dimensional interactive map created by the architectural firm Morphocode. It helps anyone with a bit of curiosity explore the dense and complex structure of New York City.
“The map lets you navigate through historical fragments of the borough that have been preserved and are currently embedded in its densely built environment. The rigid archipelago of building blocks has been mapped as a succession of structural episodes starting from 1765.” -Morphocode
Start exploring now.
Image credits: Morphocode