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London’s skyscraper boom: Scores of towering new high rises set to be built across capital

London’s skyscraper boom: Scores of towering new high rises set to be built across capital

[ad_1] THE CASE FOR Earle Arney, founder of London-based architects AFK: Buildings that taper into the sky aren’t new. Throughout history, they have created a strong sense of identity. But London and other cities around the world are changing fast — and the days of single-use tall towers will be a thing of the past. We should start to imagine tall buildings as “vertical villages” supporting a rich mix of uses. These villages need to be punctuated with “village commons” that provide spaces for interaction to promote well-being, as well as being centres of innovation and community. To unlock their potential, we need to uproot the belief that all tall buildings have to be a single-use type. They are the key to making London more accessible and solving some environmental challenges. By accommodating more people in cities, tall buildings help us protect the Green Belt — and are an incredible way of breathing new life into the city. THE CASE AGAINST Barbara Weiss, architect and co-founder of the Skyline campaign: As far as London’s skyline …