DIZZY­ING HEIGHTS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

WHAT does it take to see the ob­vi­ous?

When shown a pic­ture of the pro­posed tow­ers at South Perth, the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple com­ment “Ridicu­lous” at the 44 storeys jux­ta­posed against an ex­ist­ing mod­ern en­vi­ron­ment of eight storeys.

A visit to any ma­jor city in the world in­di­cates that such pro­pos­als are so last-cen­tury and that mod­ern de­sign favours eight to 12 storeys as ac­cept­able to so­ci­ety to­day.

Even Syd­ney’s mis­takes last cen­tury re­sulted in 15-to-20-storey tow­ers amongst res­i­den­tial conur­ba­tions and they are con­sid­ered “eye­sores”.

Newer build­ings have eight to 10 storeys.

And yet, pro­fessed knowl­edge­able peo­ple con­tinue to en­ter­tain the con­cept of 30+ storeys for South Perth as “ac­cept­able”.

The 21st cen­tury re­quires more ac­knowl­edge­ment of the so­cial im­pact on peo­ple’s lives, the need for open space and the im­por­tance of cre­at­ing a com­mu­nity, not high-rise iso­la­tion.

RIC HAWLEY, South Perth.

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