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Rowan Moore: London’s high-rise free-for-all


Coming from HK I think Londoners are blessed with such a culturally rich city. Having witness since the 80s - the transformation in attitude towards ethnic diversity and technology in London, I am proud to be part of it. Because London is always on the cutting edge, progressive, moving forward with a wealth of experience without losing it's identity. Constantly evolving, challenging everything! People from all cultures and places in the world make up the London population, these people have different views on what's important for them, what makes the city. In HK, buildings are closely packed together, they all look different, and public spaces are carved through a celebration of diversity, sensory constantly challenged to create memorable experiences, creating maps. Public spaces are not skin deep, nor two dimensional or measured in acres. It's created by the people who do not think in 2D (unless you are an expired architectural designer). Tiny dwelling is a matter of perception, culture and value. We are constantly being challenged in this volatile economic climate about the perception of value (money) for housing, who is to measure what is the minimum and what's value for money? Transportation, local amenity all counts towards a quality of life, something that is again not measured in m². Living in a highrise is a choice, so is living in London, that's why we embrace changes. There is a saying in Chinese "Love the house and the dark crow on it". You love it for what it is, and what it becomes. Here is one for London, please keep evolving, and never be boring... The correct spelling for Shengzen is Shenzhen. Have you been?

Posted date

9 April, 2014

Posted time

6:27 pm