Apartments beautiful, not brutal
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