Posted by Kevin Matthews on September 17, 2002 at 12:32:28:
In Reply to: Re: WTC, Basic Planning Issues posted by Paul Malo on September 17, 2002 at 06:26:49:
In order to yield the density desired by the authorities, a cluster of spindly towers on small sites results. These are, of course, inefficient in terms of ratio of core and perimeter to useable area, hence are relatively costly.
But are almost inherently more humane, tending very much to provide a much more favorable maximum distance-to-window.
Part of the charm of Lever House, lost by many subsequent imitators, is the "spindliness" of the tower, which provides a touch of delicacy to leven the serious griddiness.
Let's not ignore propoerty development issues, but let's not give them carte blanche. Let's keep the human implications of such site design decisions on the table.
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