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In spite of the great constructional quality of high-rise developments, only a few spectacular and exceptional structures have found acceptance among the public at large. The opponents of tower blocks condemn them as anonymous and environmentally unviable, and argue that they do not fit the image of historical cities. The deep, narrow canyons between the skyscrapers in Sha­nghai and Hong Kong teem with life, whereas in Europe, even where a high-rise urban ensemble has proved successful, as in Frankfurt, the street space often seems dead and deserted. 

In this issue, DETAIL takes up the discussion by presenting the views of a number of architects, engineers and writers who have either been responsible for the planning of well-known tower blocks or who have written on this subject.

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