Modernism is a thing of the past and it has been for decades. Its legacy however, affects us until today. This is especially true for satellite towns, extent residential areas that exist on the outskirts of the city and testify to the period between the 1960s and 1980s. It is as if they tried to pour dreams in concrete. The idea was to create a better and safer world, but it fell short of expectation and was soon abandoned when people lost their naive belief in progress. It is, perhaps, these aspects which create the charm of satellite towns. They are a combination of ideas of urban planning and architectural visions, which are antiquated, but have lost none of their appeal. They are a social draft, a parallel existence. Viewed from the countryside they sometimes appear castle-like, strongholds of the city. They are a contradictory entity.
On the one hand they display a concentrated urbanity, while on the other hand they exist as urban deserts. written by Paul F. Walter larsplessentin.de