Apart­ments beau­ti­ful, not bru­tal

The Dominion Post - - Opinion -

The medium den­si­ties of ‘‘row upon row’’ (Edi­to­rial, Nov 11) of beau­ti­ful apart­ments of Europe and else­where pro­duced happy ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties for cen­turies. You should not print fake false news that they are ‘‘bru­tal ten­e­ments’’.

Ki­wis flock to ex­pe­ri­ence them for, ar­guably, their pre­ferred hol­i­days. Some of us brought our chil­dren up in them (e.g. Ed­in­burgh) and weep at the re­cent de­struc­tion of them in Aleppo and else­where.

It all de­pends on their qual­ity and lo­cal ameni­ties such as pub­lic trans­port and cy­cling. They prob­a­bly have fewer in­dices of so­cio-eco­nomic dys­func­tions than many of our low den­sity sub­urbs.

Along­side tall ter­race houses they pos­si­bly pro­duced a higher pro­por­tion of happy cit­i­zens than any other hous­ing den­sity. We should change our plan­ning rules to per­mit close and at­tached houses built by pri­vate own­ers, not just de­vel­op­ers as at present, but al­low them to be four storeys in many ar­eas and six in some oth­ers. Paris could never have been built with our rules pro­tect­ing their orig­i­nal bun­ga­lows. DARYL COCKBURN and CHRIS­TINE McCARTHY co-pres­i­dents Ar­chi­tec­tural Cen­tre

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