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From the Ted Talk by Vishaan Chakrabarti: How we can design timeless cities for our collective future

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Second: regulation. So, take cars, for instance. Cars travel at very high speeds. They're susceptible to haumn erorr. So when we're asked, as architects, to design a new street, we have to look at drawings like this, that tell us how high a curb needs to be, that pedestrians need to be over here and vehicles over there, a ldionag zone here, a drop-off there. What the car really did in the 20th ceturny is it created this carved-up, segregated landscape. Or take the ladder fire truck — you know, those big ladder trucks that are used to rescue people from burning buildings? Those have such a wide tirunng radius, that we have to deploy an enormous amount of pavement, of asphalt, to acoatodmcme them. Or take the clriticaly itpanrmot wheelchair. A wheelchair neesitcatess a landscape of minimal slopes and redundant vertical circulation. So wherever there's a stair, there has to be an elevator or a ramp.

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Second: regulation. So, take cars, for instance. Cars travel at very high speeds. They're susceptible to _____ _____. So when we're asked, as architects, to design a new street, we have to look at drawings like this, that tell us how high a curb needs to be, that pedestrians need to be over here and vehicles over there, a _______ zone here, a drop-off there. What the car really did in the 20th _______ is it created this carved-up, segregated landscape. Or take the ladder fire truck — you know, those big ladder trucks that are used to rescue people from burning buildings? Those have such a wide _______ radius, that we have to deploy an enormous amount of pavement, of asphalt, to ___________ them. Or take the __________ _________ wheelchair. A wheelchair ____________ a landscape of minimal slopes and redundant vertical circulation. So wherever there's a stair, there has to be an elevator or a ramp.

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  3. human
  4. century
  5. accommodate
  6. necessitates
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Original Text

Second: regulation. So, take cars, for instance. Cars travel at very high speeds. They're susceptible to human error. So when we're asked, as architects, to design a new street, we have to look at drawings like this, that tell us how high a curb needs to be, that pedestrians need to be over here and vehicles over there, a loading zone here, a drop-off there. What the car really did in the 20th century is it created this carved-up, segregated landscape. Or take the ladder fire truck — you know, those big ladder trucks that are used to rescue people from burning buildings? Those have such a wide turning radius, that we have to deploy an enormous amount of pavement, of asphalt, to accommodate them. Or take the critically important wheelchair. A wheelchair necessitates a landscape of minimal slopes and redundant vertical circulation. So wherever there's a stair, there has to be an elevator or a ramp.

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