The recent video post that claims Buffalo to be the best designed city in America presents a beautifully planned metropolitan that has a high regard for natural landscapes and an understanding of how urban design affects the well-being of people within it. Approximately 5 decades after Buffalo was established, far across the Pacific Ocean, Melbourne was founded and emerged to what is known today as the most livable city in Australia. Both cities have several things in common, the given circumstance of being surrounded by water, the intervention of grid layout and for Buffalo, an overlay of radial intersections and the concept of city in the park. All these features give rise to creative architecture that was given the added advantage of natural landscaping and accessibility.
A fraction of Buffalo city [satellite image]
The freeways in Buffalo city are built along the coast which created a more serene environment within the neighborhoods as noise and air pollution are greatly reduced. It is also evident that the city appears greener from the satellite images as a result of visionary planning and building the city in a park. Melbourne, on the other hand, consists of green pockets that are scattered across the city where parks are reachable within 15 minutes walk.
However, the new district (Docklands) on the west end of is less successful in laying the foundation for such livelihood to emerge when it attempted to break out of the grid layout, forgoing the idea of living in parks and succumbing to commercial and large corporations’ demands. Further readings on the Age [http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/can-docklands-be-put-back-together-again-20120302-1u82a.html]
Melbourne CBD and Docklands on the west end [satellite image]
Both cities set a benchmark for developing metropolis, a model that is framed beyond its time and adaptive to dynamic changes and desired growth.