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Profession divided over new tall buildings guidance


The proliferation of tall towers is one controversial aspect of the trend to densify cities but not the only one. At HTA, LBA, PRP and PTE Architects, we were also concerned about the immediate social and environmental impacts of very dense developments and their long-term sustainability. We also observe that this new superdensity – which we’ve dubbed hyperdensity when it’s over 350 homes or dwellings per hectare - derives, not from our cities' distinctive and popular urban forms, but from global development patterns. We may well ask, is London especially becoming a victim of its own success, meeting demand by sacrificing the very distinctiveness which makes people want to live and work there? Though the rash of tall towers is a concern, our report, 'Superdensity - the sequel' is not another campaign against those per se – that genie is out of the bottle. Rather, it gives positive guidance on how to combine ambitious densities with popular and familiar urban forms. It can be downloaded as a pdf at www.superdensity.co.uk Ben Derbyshire Chair, The Housing Forum Managing Partner, HTA Design LLP

Posted date

11 December, 2015

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