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Living Complex: From Zombie City to the New Communal

Living Complex From Zombie City to the New Communal Cities today have become portfolios of investment properties with token patches of green The cost to live in a fortress like luxury housing complex in London or Manhattan is so high that most of us ca

  • Title: Living Complex: From Zombie City to the New Communal
  • Author: Niklas Maak
  • ISBN: 9783777424101
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Cities today have become portfolios of investment properties with token patches of green The cost to live in a fortress like luxury housing complex in London or Manhattan is so high that most of us can t afford it As the masses move to the suburbs, the construction industry responds by churning out clusters of the same barracks style row houses, ensuring that, there too,Cities today have become portfolios of investment properties with token patches of green The cost to live in a fortress like luxury housing complex in London or Manhattan is so high that most of us can t afford it As the masses move to the suburbs, the construction industry responds by churning out clusters of the same barracks style row houses, ensuring that, there too, one can live in utmost privacy and security But what do these buildings say about us Do they have anything to do with the way in which most people actually want to live Niklas Maak provocatively argues that the construction industry and a number of outdated or poorly thought out policies have prevented us from rethinking how we live in the city Yet many of our current crises from the mortgage crisis to global warming are closely connected to problematic forms of accommodation in our cities And the problem will only get worse Over the next twenty years, influx into the world s cities is expected to create the need for an additional one billion units of housing Fortunately, Maak shows, there are practicable solutions In Europe, Japan, and the United States, the author explores promising new forms of housing Cities should be reflections of their inhabitants not forces to be contended with Controversial, yet well researched and wryly funny, Living Complex is a call for change from the comfortable defense lines that epitomize the current sorry state of housing.

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    1. 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 because I feel like this book is saying things that need to be heard. I'd like to see more books that discuss the role of architecture in promoting community, and discuss the need to modify building and zoning policies that promote isolation in their attempts to protect people and property value.The author dedicated a lot of time to discussion of core architectural concepts. Is there an alternative to doors? Do floors need to be level, or would sloped floors make our s [...]

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