I continually marvel at how supposedly “unmodern” people built such places of lasting beauty. Yet we, who are modern, seem incapable of much besides their destruction. Those people made these places without a grand designer or masterplanner. They knew their materials and they knew a pattern and they knew each building’s place and purpose. No government bureaucrats needed. No developer’s “visions” required. They also weren’t in a hurry. Building a beautiful city takes time.
Additionally, consider the buildings above in relation to the building in the post below. Aren’t the buildings above “green” too? Their materials were locally obtained. They have provided shelter for hundreds of years with a very low carbon budget. And because they are timelessly beautiful, they are unlikely to be demolished when fashions change.