Posts Tagged ‘density’

Tower of Babel

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Tower of Babel, 1563 by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Bruegel painted a series of three pictures of the Tower of Babel; one, on ivory, is lost.

‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.’ (Genesis 11:4).

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The Limits of Density

Thursday, May 17th, 2012


Low-rises in Vancouver’s S. False Creek


Quebec City, successful lo-rise/high density combination

This short essay by Richard Florida in Atlantic Cities magazine has been making the rounds. It is just the latest in a long string of arguments from many quarters that highrise density isn’t the right density: usustainable, human-unfriendly, sterile, and inimical to innovation, interaction and arts.

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Plea for low-rise density & lament for Chinatown

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Photo of Athens condo tower, via the highrise-loving blog skyscrapercity. Athens has now put a stop to highrises and is sticking with low-rise density. Is the above what we want for our Chinatown?

Vancouver City Council recently decided to allow towers in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown. Not only will this push traditional residents out of the area, but it will destroy one of the oldest heritage areas of this very young city.

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