Quotation by Christopher Alexander

High buildings have no genuine advantages, except in speculative gains for banks and land owners. They are not cheaper, they do not help create open space, they destroy the townscape, they destroy social life, they promote crime, they make life difficult for children, they are expensive to maintain, they wreck the open spaces near them, and they damage light and air and view.
Christopher Alexander, U.S. architect. A Pattern Language, "Four-Story Limit," Oxford University Press (1977).

In the 21st of Alexander's 252 "patterns" for towns, buildings, and construction.
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