Ideal Cities as per author Jan Gehl. The recorded concept of ideal cities goes back to Plato. The “ideal” nature of such a city may encompass the moral, spiritual and juridical qualities of citizenship. Ways in which these are realized can include urban structures including buildings, street layout, etc. Ground plans of ideal cities are often based on grids.

The Ideal City by Fra Carnevale, c. between 1480-1484.

An ideal city is the concept of a plan for a city that has been conceived in accordance with the dictates of some “rational” or “moral” objective.

This blog takes this concept even further. It adds the dimension of ideal measures of key city spaces. Author Jan Gehl is referenced. I, in turn, reference the 3 x 3 number square in this quest. Key measurements are found in feet of three foot yards on this number square. The 12 inch foot is basic. It is of extreme antiquity. The Reverend John Michell specifies examples at the British Museum. They take the form of the cubic inch of gold. It was the standard unit of weight in Egypt, Greece and Babylon. Of course, a cube has 12 edges. Thus, 12 x 1″ = 12 inches or 1 foot. My own blogs are an attempt to bring back the ancient harmonious world order of a forgotten Golden Age. First, here is the star player in this quest. Please read my blogs about this number square. They are easy and free to access.

Add the numbers around the central 5 (I term these numbers p1 which stands for perimeter one). 4 + 9 + 2 + 7 + 6 + 1 + 8 + 3 = 40.

Then add them two at the time overlapping the numbers. I call this p-2. This stands for perimeter two: 49 + 92 + 27 + 76 + 61 + 18 + 83 + 34 = 440.

Now take the numbers three at the time. Overlap the third with the first number. I call this p-3. This stands for perimeter three. 492 + 276 + 618 + 834 = 2,220.Then (p-1) is 40 + (P-2) is 440 + ( P-3) 2,220 = 2700. Finally, Divide this 2700 total of p1 + p2 + p3 by/ p3(2220) or 40 + 440 + 2220/2220 = 1.2162…virtually one Egyptian remen. Very important: A remen = 14.6 inches. (12 x 1.2165″).

So Where is Jan Gehl’s Measure of Ideal Cities?

The pictured number square is that of man. Adam was the prototype man. As spelled with Hebrew letters below, it totals 45: Aleph = 1. Dalet = 4. Mem = 40{

Total the numbers 1 to 9. They equal 45. In Hebraic gematria numbers are represented by letters. They share the same symbol. This becomes the number square of man. Units of measure that touched number squares were freely converted by number into each other. It was the number that was important. Read the blogs on DSOworks.com for background. The site merely presents a new vision of current importance for an ancient concept- number squares.

Take the numbers 2 at the time as follows: 49 + 61 = 110. Or, 83 + 27 = 110. This total can be found in such combinations in 16 different ways. In Cities for People, Gehl discusses how the ideal social field of vision is no greater than 110 yards.

The ideal height of buildings is no more that 5 stories. Five stories = 44 feet. Perimeter two (described above) totals 440. This was taken as 44. Five is the central number of the square. In antiquity “zero” was considered to be a synthetic number.: Any two opposite numbers on the square total 10. Hence the 440 can be and was taken as 44.

Ideal spacing of shops is a 5 second walk which covers 20 feet. Total the 4 corners as 4 + 2 + 6 + 8 = 20. The inner 4 numbers between the corner four also total 20. With the timing of 5 seconds, look at the central number: We have “5”. Thus, the number square of man and the measurement of ideal city spaces are congruent,