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At a recent Building Centre seminar on Density, David Rudlin of URBED noted that highly dense cities such as Paris and New York often build more generous accommodation than UK developers, who are building high and small. June Barnes, of award-winning social landlord East Thames (with Jestico + Whiles), cautioned that often tenants do not opt for density - rather it is the only option available - especially as the majority of urban social housing is now built by developers under S106 agreements. Another challenge is achieving a mix of families with children of different ages so that high-density developments can mature into balanced communities.

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