Continent City

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Year:1961
The high speed train network makes the European continent a large city network, or one large city with relatively empty meshes in the network where the high speed train network functions as a metro.
This idea is worked out in Manifesto: L’architecture Mobile, 1956, in the 9th and 10th principle. It aims at creating healthy and functioning cities in the course of the reality that large scale migration to the city is inevitable.
In 1994 Friedman addressed a conference in East Germany on this topic.
Themes: -principles Mobile Architecture
- urban networks
Collection Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, USA Courtesy of Marianne Homiridis
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Year:1994
The high speed train network makes the European continent a large city network, or one large city with relatively empty meshes in the network where the high speed train network functions as a metro.
The areas that are densely populated are marked in black.
Themes: -principles Mobile Architecture
- urban networks
Collection Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, USA Courtesy of Marianne Homiridis
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Year:1994
The high speed train network makes the European continent a large city network, or one large city with relatively empty meshes in the network where the high speed train network functions as a metro.
The cities with their respective hinterlands circled in red.
Themes: -principles Mobile Architecture
- urban networks
Collection Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, USA Courtesy of Marianne Homiridis
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Year:1994
The high speed train network makes the European continent a large city network, or one large city with relatively empty meshes in the network where the high speed train network functions as a metro.
The megalopolis areas are shaded within red lines. (I.e. London, the Randstad, the Ruhr and Paris)
Themes: -principles Mobile Architecture
- urban networks
Collection Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, USA Courtesy of Marianne Homiridis
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Year:1994
The high speed train network makes the European continent a large city network, or one large city with relatively empty meshes in the network where the high speed train network functions as a metro.

Themes: -principles Mobile Architecture
- urban networks
Collection Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, USA Courtesy of Marianne Homiridis
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Year:1994
The high speed train network makes the European continent a large city network, or one large city with relatively empty meshes in the network where the high speed train network functions as a metro.

Themes: -principles Mobile Architecture
- urban networks
Collection Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, USA Courtesy of Marianne Homiridis
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Year:1994
The high speed train network makes the European continent a large city network, or one large city with relatively empty meshes in the network where the high speed train network functions as a metro.
The shorelines in the continent city are marked in black.
Themes: -principles Mobile Architecture
- urban networks
Collection Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, USA Courtesy of Marianne Homiridis
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Year:1994
The high speed train network makes the European continent a large city network, or one large city with relatively empty meshes in the network where the high speed train network functions as a metro.
The economical and cultural integrated areas are circled and lined in red.
Themes: -principles Mobile Architecture
- urban networks
Collection Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, USA Courtesy of Marianne Homiridis
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Year:1994
The 120-150 largest cities in Europe interconnected through a high speed train network make the continent into one large city.
The high speed train network is a continental metro; the cities are its stops.
Urban areas with more than 3 million inhabitants.
Themes: -principles Mobile Architecture
- urban networks
Collection Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, USA Courtesy of Marianne Homiridis
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Year:1994
The 120-150 largest cities in Europe interconnected through a high speed train network make the continent into one large city.
The high speed train network is a continental metro; the cities are its stops.
Themes: -principles Mobile Architecture
- urban networks
Courtesy of Marianne Homiridis