Is Swedish Town Too Good To Be True?

The city of Bo01 has served as a model for urban designers all over the world -- but is it really liveable?
September 1, 2005, 5am PDT | Brenda Meyer
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"In other ways, Bo01 has discovered that sustainability and quality of life are not always compatible. It was originally hoped that the project would be a shining example of low-energy living but because of its citizens' necessarily affluent lifestyles, this never really happened. Many of the houses feature generous expanses of glass to capture the sea views, for example, but these have translated into substantial heating bills for the owners. And combined with the openness and popularity of the district, these windows have brought home the meaning of "exhibition housing" all too acutely."

Thanks to Brenda Meyer

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Published on Monday, August 29, 2005 in The Guardian Unlimited
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