A Very High Density Future for Cities

Architect Peter Weingarten discusses the importance of high-rise buildings, and why the future of cities will be very high density.
November 30, 2010, 8am PST | Nate Berg
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A studio director at Gensler, Weingarten argues that the concept of urban density needs to be rethought at a grander scale.

"When people talk about urbanization they use very different benchmarks. My definition of urban life has a very high density. For me, urban isn't 8-12 stories; its 30-50.

We need vertical buildings to activate the public realm with people, to create dynamic street life in cities, to populate transportation systems and to ensure the vitality of retail and other life style programs. How many people are realistically served around a transit station? Without the proper density these systems fail."

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Published on Monday, November 29, 2010 in Gensler on Cities
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