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Urban attitude

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Fuksas famously coined the phrase 'Etica non estetica', roughly translated into English as 'less aesthetics, more ethics', as the title and theme for the 2000 Venice Biennale. We could now introduce another phrase which he used on Saturday: 'Intensity, not density'.

Curiously enough, the idea of intensity has surfaced in the mayor's London Plan, and surely deserves prolonged discussion, especially in the light of the near obsession with density that has been around since the Rogers report. Not, happily, that the two are mutually exclusive, but there is something interesting in the idea of buildings and spaces which are occasionally densely used, but are otherwise vacant - for example stadia, or Sunday markets.

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