Comment 1690

By rusty (registered) - website | Posted October 23, 2006 at 14:31:12

Hey Ryan,

Perhaps this is just a personal point of view type of thing. Chris Hume would agree with you (see his article today "City's fear of tall buildings silly" )

but I don't!

I dislike working in high rises, and the 4 months I spent living in one several years ago was not fun either. In high rises I feel disconnected, I hate the elevators, everything about them is uncivilized.

In terms of density I disagree that they are essential components of an urban neighbourhood. You can achieve suitable density targets with low rise developments and good planning (see Paris and lots of other 'efficient' European towns).

Your point about tower placement etc is well taken, but this doesn't address the isolating impact of residing/working on the 40th floor.

I still fail to see why we need them and I firmly believe they isolate the people who reside or work in them.



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