This is Sentaria. A metapolis.
With this term someone implies 21st century urban complexes that go beyond strict territorial metropolis planning guidelines of the 19th and 20th century.
Many metropolises around the world are gradually changing into metapolises, as a natural next step of urban evolution. Tokyo is a vivid example. Berlin, Lisbon and Athens are vivid examples of this procedure in European soil. Sentaria also.
A metapolis is a complex urban entity based on unified urban areas, through infrastructure both real and digital. It is characterised, among other, by discontinuity and lack of distinct center.
This is a journal under construction. New material will be added progressively.
The Castle area is the oldest area of the city.
Originally a Medieval fortified settlement, was converted to a palace in the 17th century, surrounded by a vast farming and hunting land owned by the King.
What remains now from the Castle and the war conflicts of the past is an extensive part of the Castle walls and the Palace building, housing nowadays the National Museum.
La Cour is the city's commercial area. It dates from 19th century, when the area was rebuilt to form the city's new, at the time, urban center.
Area was partially destroyed during WW2 but most of the damaged buildings have been reconstructed, or repaired.
The Palace and its expansive gardens have been constructed from 1835 till 1878.
La Cour and the historic center
Searching for Orion is a spoiler about the city's annual Gala and treasure hunt. This is Sentaria's main tourist event, based on a modern interpretation of Orion's Myth.
Orion, son of Poseidon, a hunter, was the best archer of his times. 3500 cycles of the sun before. Before the time of the Great Warriors. One day he left the castle to hunt and got lost in a gale. Gods in order to save him, put him on the skies, among the other constellations.
The King of its times sent a group of friends to find him. "We will throw our arches towards the skies a myriad times to bring Orion down" told his friends.
"Searching for Orion" nowadays starts from Saint Sébastien's Monastery, where the ancient castle used to be. It continues towards the Hunters Park and ends up in a central office and commercial area in Sentaria's CBD, called L' Orbite.
Orion's statue, Orion, is hidden in one of the buildings, called Orion's Lair.
The event is annual, takes visitors through a big historic sector of the city, bringing them at the CBD's heart at the end. Event is sponsored by the city's biggest companies and employers, SenAir, the city's airlines, and Kreus Industries.
Saint Sébastien's Monastery
Traffic matters is a spoiler about the ring road constructed for the city between 1989 and 2008. Construction took 3 months in real life and the ring road was designed to minimise through trafic and free riverside areas for future pedestrian access uses.
The Ring road is a complex sustem of a fully closed highway with 28 traffic intersections, a covered highway in the Olympic Stadium area, using "cut and cover" technique and a double branch highway around Hymmetus Hill, a heavily forested area.
Ring road is used having in mind real world conditions problems and examples. The two main examples to refer to is a real world highway constructed in Athens for the Athens 2004 Olympics, called Attiki Odos and the real world Hymmetus Ring, in Athens too. You can use the link provided to read more here: http://en.aodos.gr/summary.asp?catid=21762 .
The traffic system is concluded with the construction of three tram lines to facilitate through traffic.
Ring Road and Intersections
Intersections 1, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b
Intersections 11, 12, Y1, Y3, entry to Hymettus branch
Intersections 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11
Hymmetus Branch, Y1 to Y10
Olympic Stadium, "cut and cover" technique.
This refers to a technique used to create tunnels in specific areas where environmental concerns play a big role. Instead of creating a tunnel, a highway is constructed and then covered with soil and then planted on top.
This technique allowed to build a highway and, simultaneously, retain pedestrian and park access to the Olympic Stadium area.
Tram line map
The cut and cover highway construction in Olympic Stadium area, along with the three tram lines have been used to create an uninterrupted park between Olympic Stadium and Castle area, keeping pedestrian access to the riverside easy at the same time.
Satellite photo / Ring road / Castle Park
Realised park zone along Castle and Olympic Complex
Realised or under construction pedestrian network ( Spoilers: Walk in the Castle and L' Esplanade )
Pedestrian network and tram lines
Planned extension of pedestrian network in the city to create urban linear parks in the road grid.
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A Metapolis. A long history, a metropolitan background and the ever changing present.