Wednesday 27 June 2007 8.55am
I'm surprised that at least wjfox hasn't submitted an excitable post about this exhibition yet, which contains scenes of density, height and sheer urban-ness which some viewers may find disturbing...
The exhibition itself seems rather patchy in quality though I'm told its 'parent' exhibition in Venice was much bigger and better argued. There also seemed to be a preachy quality to it which many posters to this forum will not appreciate, the chief theme of the (tired) sermon being that London could do with more density and height rather than suburban sprawl.
It occurred to me that residential
density is often spoken of and the stats about this indicator are everywhere, but that office workers and tourists add significantly to the feeling of 'population' and impact on infrastructure. Manhattan, for instance, is very low density in terms of dwellers, but is clearly mobbed with people night and day. Mumbai
may have ridiculous densities in terms of population, but is perhaps less overrun with tourists.
Would like to know what others thought of the exhibition and its messages.