There is a remarkable tradition that stands for a close relationship between good architecture or good city
form, and the precise dimension of their elements. It defends the existence of well-defined rules that link
the parts with the whole city, smart rules that were applied from ancient times until present.
In this paper I would like to discuss some of these arguments, checking how designers have long sought
for measures that assure the good shape of the city, its best performance, hygiene, safety and beauty.
Among these rules density has quite recently become one of the most relevant attributes to describe the
form and characteristics of a city. Therefore Vertical Cities Asia has proposed a project set on a main
parameter, a density of 100.000 people per square kilometre. It is certainly a remarkable high density.
But is it too much?
And until what extent a given density may determine the urban form?
I would like to share with you ten propositions regarding these questions
CitacióSabaté, J. In search of the best city measures: ten propositions. A: International Symposium Vertical Cities Asia. "International Symposium Vertical Cities Asia". 2011, p. 1-10.