My thoughts from earlier this week on Rowan Moore's criticism of the high-rise growth spurt in London:
The arguments in both articles hinge on building height and skyline appearance, when in the reality of urban planning and development, those things should be the natural endpoint of a healthy process that starts with the basic infrastructure that's absolutely necessary for a great city. Transit needs to be comprehensive enough to reduce or eliminate the need to drive (having visited London often for work and lived in San Francisco, I can say that London's network is much more successful than SF's in that regard). Public spaces and street-level infrastructure - bike lanes, pop-up parks, strong, varied retail presence, etc. - must make neighborhoods desirable enough for people to be able live, work, and play there 24 hours a day.
Thanks for your feedback! Team Branch