The urban tracé of Copacabana, my home neighborhood, squeezed between the sea and the hills, displays a kind of clear thinking we seem to have consigned to oblivion: it is made of roads parallel to the sea and roads perpendicular to the seashore, heading either to the sea or to the hills. The result is a full connection to the site.
Another interesting detail is that the urban plan is pre-modern, but it was filled with mostly modern architecture, an extremely important experiment that went relatively unnoticed.
While modern architecture has its advantages and disadvantages, modern urban design is a perfect disaster. Maybe this pre-modern-urban-but-modern-architecture model could be used a way to accommodate the positive side of modern architecture?