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.