Posts Tagged ‘skyscrapers’

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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“I’ve been told that the tallest building in hell has an awesome view of the emerald city”

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Heard those lyrics over the car radio last week. I did not know that the Emerald City was close enough to hell that you could actually see it from there, but that whole geography sounds a lot like Vancouver.

As everybody knows, the Emerald City is the fictional capital city in L.

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The End of the Age of Tall Buildings

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Vancouver towers from Wikimedia Commons

[Update: see post on this topic on the Vancouver Lights blog. Also see this critique of glass highrises by Lisa Rochon in the Globe and Mail.]

Apologies that this is such a long post. For urbanist nerds only, perhaps, though this issue affects anyone interested in urban affordability

The other evening I had to go to a meeting in a condo tower’s boardroom.

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The foghorns which used to seem so romantic

Monday, January 26th, 2009

This is the odd fog inversion Vancouver has been under for most of January. Anyone living close to the harbour is now seriously over the supposed charm of the foghorns, which blew approximately every forty seconds all night long, every night for weeks. Above are views of a few downtown buildings rising above the fog, taken from up in the mountains.

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