Orthogonal Grids and Their Variations in 17 Cities Viewed from Above

Orthogonal Grids and Their Variations in 17 Cities Viewed from Above

There is evidence that the orthogonal grid plan, which is one of the most common types of urban planning today, dates back to antiquity. Streets intersect at right angles to each other, resulting in a grid composed of streets, avenues, blocks, squares, parks, among other urban spaces.

Stockholm, Sweden. Source imagery: @maxartechnologiesCali, Colombia. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @maxartechnologiesGuadalajara, Mexico. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @maxartechnologiesAthens, Greece. Image: @spathumpa+ 17

Most cities that feature a grid plan come from urban planning, in which the pattern is a result of a previously thought-out urban design. The orthogonal geometry is more common in cities with predominantly flat land but may undergo modifications to adapt to different places with hilly landscapes, for example.

Adaptations may also apply to other specific characteristics of each city, such as block subdivisions or groups, chamfered corners, diagonal lanes, among others.

The following series of photographs depicts the orthogonal grid plan of 17 cities around the world and their variations according to local characteristics.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain. Source imagery: @digitalglobe
Barcelona, Spain. Source imagery: @digitalglobe

Avola, Italy

Avola, Italy. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @maxartechnologies
Avola, Italy. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @maxartechnologies

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @maxartechnologies
Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @maxartechnologies

Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece. Image: @spathumpa
Athens, Greece. Image: @spathumpa

Alamo Square, San Francisco, USA

Alamo Square, San Francisco, United States. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @nearmap
Alamo Square, San Francisco, United States. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @nearmap

Guadalajara, Mexico

Guadalajara, Mexico. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @maxartechnologies
Guadalajara, Mexico. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @maxartechnologies

Cali, Colombia

Cali, Colombia. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @maxartechnologies
Cali, Colombia. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @maxartechnologies

Lyon, France

Lyon, France. Created by @benjaminrgrant, source imagery: @digitalglobe
Lyon, France. Created by @benjaminrgrant, source imagery: @digitalglobe

Galveston, USA

Galveston, United States. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery @maxartechnologies
Galveston, United States. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery @maxartechnologies

Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Spain. Created by @benjaminrgrant, source imagery: @maxartechnologies
Valencia, Spain. Created by @benjaminrgrant, source imagery: @maxartechnologies

La Plata, Argentina

La Plata, Argentina. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery @maxartechnologies
La Plata, Argentina. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery @maxartechnologies

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden. Source imagery: @maxartechnologies
Stockholm, Sweden. Source imagery: @maxartechnologies

Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico City, Mexico

Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico City, Mexico. Image by Daily overview
Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico City, Mexico. Image by Daily overview

Central Park, New York, USA

Central Park, New York, United States. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery @maxartechnologies
Central Park, New York, United States. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery @maxartechnologies

Casablanca, Marocco

Casablanca, Marocco. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @maxartechnologies
Casablanca, Marocco. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @maxartechnologies

Elche, Spain

Elche, Spain. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @maxartechnologies
Elche, Spain. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @maxartechnologies

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Cite: Moreira, Susanna. "Orthogonal Grids and Their Variations in 17 Cities Viewed from Above" [Traçados ortogonais e suas variações em 17 cidades vistas de cima] 10 Oct 2020. ArchDaily. (Trans. Duduch, Tarsila) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/949094/orthogonal-grids-and-their-variations-in-17-cities-viewed-from-above> ISSN 0719-8884
Elche, Spain. Created by @dailyoverview, source imagery: @maxartechnologies

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