Oh wow! I had no idea, thats amazing. Theyre well on their way to a megacity. This, Mexico City, and Rio are a few of the only sprawling megacities in the Americas. Santiago almost looks like an asian megapolis. I feel like if LA had never moved away from transit and had looser zoning so it wasnt so much low rise sprawl it would have looked something like this and the asian megacities. Instead it has a very American centralized downtown and low rises emanating away from it. It would be cool to have one in the US, something like a Seoul for example:Recently visited Santiago, Chile for the first time.
Thought I'd share some photos. There's a pretty solid amount of contemporary architecture there, mixed in with the historic.
I've taken a couple "research" trips to Paris in recent years, including a day at La Defense. Your question is accurate: I did not see a single vehicular street at surface level in La Defense. The experience is mainly pedestrian and metro transit station oriented. And I agree--it was a smart approach to preservation and responding to the market demands of a truly global city.
Figured Id ask this here since were pretty big fans of cities and how they work here. So Ive been all over the world, but never to Paris. How does La Defense work? It looks like a city that was built on top of the roads, like an entire air rights city. Is this accurate?
It seems like the roads pass all underneath this neighborhood, and then its walking only at “ground level” of the buildings. So id imagine the metro also comes in under the neighborhood, and then the stairs come up from underground, keep going past the road level, and then come out up top where the buildings are? Do the roads under the city lead to a few parking garages too where everyone that drives there parks and then walks up a level to the plaza? It looks different than any other city. It is cool though that they were able to leave the historic part of the city untouched and just build the downtown in a separate area.
Seems like a pretty smart and unique approach to preservation where they just left the old city as is and now instead of tip toeing around trying to build they have a designated area where they dont have to worry and can just build as much as they need. It also looks like they have some cool proposals coming too, and I think they could really make this a great area as well. Again I havent been there, but maybe make the plaza less vast also?