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Sealed environment of tall building is no answer


Norman Foster's new-old idea to build towers to house 50,000 people is nuts. The reasons he gives (or is it really just an excuse - look at what a big one I've got? ) are overcrowded cities and land prices. What happened to town planning and economic development?

Why do people have to live in overcrowded cities and the emerging mega-cities?

New technologies were supposed to allow us to spread out and work and live anywhere on the planet. Instead, the opposite is happening.

Tall buildings mean sealed environments, and I'd rather be out there feeling the wind, rain, sleet, snow and sun. It's healthier for mind and body.

Larry Parker, via email

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