Given the current debate on hyper-density happening everywhere, this quote seemed useful.

There are few harsher indictments against architecture than the sadness we feel at the arrival of bulldozers, for our grief is in almost all cases fuelled more by a distaste for what is to be built than by any hatred of the idea of development itself.

– Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness

 If you want to read more about the Mayor’s policy of hyper-density, read here.  If you want some background, read here.  Meanwhile, below find two photographs of  what hyper-density looks like. The first image is courtesy Le Corbusier (image 1) and the second if from  SHoP Architects (image 2).  Depending on your browser, you can click on each image to get a closer look.


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From Le Corbusier’s “Radiant City” proposal



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111 West 57th, by SHoP Architects