Related to the earlier post about the High Speed rail mistake–where the rail stations are designed like airports and located away from city centers. They are also isolated from the neighborhoods that they are located in. Unfortunately large structures isolating themselves from the neighborhood–and thus hurting and not helping the neighborhood–are commonplace in the  US.

Below is an aerial view of the United Center, the stadium where the Chicago Bulls play basketball. The stadium sits amidst the void of parking lots, it divides the neighborhoods rather than links it. And people who attend the games drive right in and drive right out, patronizing no neighborhood companies.

See this link for a collection of aerial photos of stadiums. The United Center is not unique. Wrigley Field is the unique one.

Wrigley Field well integrated into the community.

Admittedly sometimes you want a buffer zone between uses, but the buffer zone can consist of many things that knit together, rather than separate. Smaller scale office buildings and then apartments can buffer down to the single family residential.

The point is that usually a building should try and be a part of the neighborhood, rather than separate from it. Too often in China they seek to impress, and the architectural strategies to impress often are the ones that separate, not bring together.

 

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