Wired on Model Cities
Richard Akerman sends along a link to this article on model cities in the March issue of Wired.
Model cities aren’t just for show; they can have real utility. In 1957 the US Army Corps of Engineers created the Bay Model, a replica of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta meant to simulate the impact of public works projects and disasters —natural and man-made — on currents and tides. …
More recently, the growth of municipalities like Dubai, London, and Sydney is stirring renewed interest in miniature cities as planning tools. The new crown jewel of shrunken sprawl resides on the third floor of the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center: At more than 6,500 square feet, the stunning depiction of China’s most populous city circa 2020 is one of the largest models of its type in the world.