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Old 03-22-2015, 03:36 PM
 
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I have come across terms such as pseudo urbanism, faux urbanism, ad para urbanism. Forms for achieving some density for certain purposes, or perform certain city functions, without traditional urbanism. An early example.
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Old 03-22-2015, 03:42 PM
 
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A contemporary example in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood, Seattle. The building could be described as the capitol of the neighborhood.
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Old 03-23-2015, 03:53 PM
 
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Care to offer a more explanatory description?
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Old 03-23-2015, 06:05 PM
 
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Never heard that term before....
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Old 03-23-2015, 09:20 PM
 
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An author was discussing cities, and was basically commenting on Edge City (Joel Garreau's term). Things like enclosed malls, etc., in which traditional city functions are re-created in the suburbs, but without the form of the traditional inner city. Thinking of it as a way of achieving concentration for certain purposes, without a traditional city. Or to put it another way, public life is privatized. The author couldn't decide on which term to use, "pseudo urbanism" or "para urbanism".

Came across the term "faux urbanism" in a city data thread about Phoenix-recreating the appearance of a traditional city, but not genuine urbanism/urbanity.

It occurred to me that historically some of the city functions, without traditional urban form, may have appeared in ancient history. Something which served as a sort of focal point for the community. Something was intended just to make money.

Looked up the prefix "para"-resembling or similar to; subsidiary, or assistant; etc.
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:43 AM
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It sounds like a new buzz-word to me. Something with no definition, so people can have it mean anything they want.
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Old 03-24-2015, 11:07 AM
 
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Given the way our cities now develop in superblocks, as opposed to piecemeal development, that seems both the logical conclusion and an apt description. Personally, I don't see it as a "bad". I do note that having one owning entity does hinder the development of the unique "character" of an area in the same way an HOA would. I also note that this is the logical outcome of byzantine and expensive government bureaucratic barriers and does limit lot-by-lot incremental reaction to supply and demand.
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Old 03-24-2015, 12:39 PM
 
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Oh, I thought this was about Asuncion.

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Old 03-24-2015, 04:19 PM
 
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Oh, I thought this was about Asuncion.
What is that photo of?
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Old 03-24-2015, 05:20 PM
 
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What is that photo of?
Asuncion, Paraguay.
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