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Saturday
Feb232008

The bigger they are, the harder they fall?

One of the great challenges of  city-building is city RE-building.  Often, redevelopment is not economically feasible until an existing property has become delapidated and devalued, which is of course bad for the health of the city.

This problem is compounded with larger buildings and developments.  If a high-rise building is owned by hundreds of condominium owners, acquisition for demolition or renovation becomes infinitely more complicated and expensive. 

Thus, the impact of bad urban design, bad architecture, overly complicated ownership structures should give any architect, developer, or planner pause.  We must design with an eye to the long term use, desirability, and adaptability of our work.

For a first hand example, see this week's article on a H.D. Woodson high school which failed thus.  Fortunately, with a single owner, redevelopment will occur sooner rather than later, but the damage to students and the neighborhood has been noteworthy.  http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/display.php?id=34603

 

 

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