Town of Como コモの町

P1010870The town of Como is located in a valley between mountains on the west and east sides of Como lake. The center of the town is from the old city, 2000 years ago. As is typical with older European cities, the center of the city is filled with masonry buildings on narrow streets, and the new development expands towards the mountains, with many steps taking you up the hill.

コモの町は東西にある山の谷間にあって, 北はコモ湖に接している。その真ん中には2000年以上前から残る町並みがあって、ヨーロッパの旧市街の典型のように狭い通りと石作りの建物で埋まっている。新しい住宅地は旧市街の外へ発展し、山へ向かって伸びて行ったと見える。何本もの通りが山へ登っている。




By the way, there is a story about pavement at my friends village that I mentioned in the last post. The local government started to refurbish the pavement of the streets with a new material. The locals complained about the material saying it was ugly, and the construction stopped. Now they keep using the traditional material. He said that the local residents are very concerned to keep the village beautiful and that they have a very good sense. They are sensitive to the design of the environment, never using new mass produced industrial products like aluminum window sash, fake wood doors, cheap aluminum handrails, car port roofs, etc. Tourists seldom visit this area so that their concern is not to maintain the historic look as a resource for tourism, but for the materials themselves. This is a common attitude in Italy not only in this area. Of course Italy has a long history and culture about this type of esthetic concern , but that does not explain why Como is so beautiful, there must be other reasons.


ところで、前回に載せた友人の村での舗装の話し。町中の細い通りの舗装をやりかえる役所の工事が始まったのだけれど、その舗石が美しくない、と村中が反対して、途中で工事が止まり、昔のままのやり方を続け ているという。彼曰く、この村の人々は村を美しく保つことに意識が高く、またセンスも良いらしい。ドアや窓枠、手すりや車庫の屋根など安易に新建材や アルミサッシュを使わないで、気を使うのだと言う。この付近では観光客は通りすぎるだけだから、観光資源を保つためにそうしているのではないはず。つまり彼ら自身の ためなのだ…。彼曰く、そうゆう気遣いはこの村だけに留まらず、イタリア中にあるという。風光明媚な湖畔、そしてイタリアの歴史という条件はもちろんだけれど、それを差し引いてもここが美しい理由が他にあるように思える。

which is the traditional way? 昔からの舗装はどっち?






Town of Como コモの町」への2件のフィードバック

  1. It’s very clearly about a choice of lifestyle based on tradition and aesthetics rather than speed and efficiency. In the US, you often see a single person traveling in an SUV which is both wasteful in terms of energy and ugly (although the driver might not see it that way). In Hong Kong, despite an excellent public transportation system, the symbol of success for most people is still having one or more cars — ironic because there is so little room to drive because to go across the border not only involves a shift from right hand drive to left hand drive but also a different license plate that is extremely hard to acquire. So there is almost no private cross-border traffic. Property is the other status symbol and here even more in Hong Kong there is zero regard for aesthetics let alone energy efficiency. It’s all about asset appreciation and the liquidity of the market, which makes speculation easy and profitable. A sad and self-destructive mindset.

  2. I am so sorry for Hong Kong people. I agree with you. Current car design in US is soooo ugly. But I can not help but think that the designers mean it. It is so pity even BMW now makes ugly blow fish like model for US market. Though preference to bulky car in US also can be an outcome of status symbol. I think quantity is one of the simplest way to impress other people with. This strategy is deeply hidden or even not recognized by themselves. I believe they will keep buying bulky and ugly cars even gas becomes more expensive, small car becomes safer enough and they become slimmer someday….my theory.


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