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        • The Horizontal Metropolis and Gloeden’s Diagrams
          Two Parallel Stories

        Abstract
        Erich Gloeden’s diagrams (1923) describe the city of millions of inhabitants as a set of equivalent cells arranged horizontally and crossed by a river. In addition to recalling the Berlin region, the project envisions the Grossstadt as a voluntary association of cells with no dominant centre. The Gloeden metropolis is one of mid-sized cities whose complementarity and integration can produce a new urban dimension. The horizontal metropolis (Secchi, Viganò, 2010) describes contemporary diffuse urbanity in Brussels, Flanders and the North- West metropolitan area (which includes a series of medium-sized cities such as Mechelen, Aalst, Leuven, and Louvain-la-Neuve) as a support for an innovative urban project in political and spatial terms. Both concepts, arising in different cultural, geographical and temporal contexts, consider the large metropolitan scale beyond the centre/periphery opposition. Horizontality (infrastructure, urban and relationships) generates a specific habitable space. The hypothesis of this essay concerns this space and its relevance today.
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        Citation
        Vigano, P. (2013). The Horizontal Metropolis and Gloeden’s Diagrams . Two Parallel Stories. Medium. Images of the Mid-Size City, OASE, (89), 94–102. Retrieved from https://www.oasejournal.nl/en/Issues/89/TheHorizontalMetropolisAndGloedensDiagrams

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