How powerful is urban design?

Transmilenio bus stop in Bogota
“When we talk about cities, we usually end up talking about how various places look, and perhaps how it feels to be there. But to stop there misses half the story, because the way we experience most parts of cities is at velocity: we glide past on the way to somewhere else. City life is as much about moving through landscapes as it is about being in them.”

This fantastic article from The Guardian is from 2013, but I somehow just came across it today.. and promptly ordered the full book in print so I can take a highlighter to what will probably be every page.

 

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How powerful is urban design?