HOW GREEN IS YOUR CITY? (Not as green as Kharkov)
In the new urbanism drive for green, well vegetated cities - Planners, Architects and Landscape Architects seek exemplars to pad their reports. However, I have yet to see a KHARKOV (Kharkiv) in many reports.
This is a city that is so well vegetated its Google earth is almost green at every scale. And we are not talking a small town. Kharkov, at 1.5 million people is Ukraine’s second biggest city.
There is little in the way of images or descriptions that celebrate the tree-ed streets. Is it that this is not on designers radars stranded in former Soviet block between design capitals of Western Europe and East Asia; or is it the streets do not gain additional urban function from the green. The city has its share of Soviet style architecture, but even a lot of this is set amidst the green (for an outsider, talk about cognitive dissidence).