Benjamin Derbyshire, Managing Partner at HTA Design LLP
The question is where to locate different urban forms in relation to our street network so as to enhance street life, not whether high rise is appropriate in London.
The long and rich history of European urbanism has been – until the 1960’s, at least – predicated on the ordering principles dictated by the urban street. Our street network and our tradition of street life is the European city’s greatest asset. In London, as an example, our success in creating mixed communities and a lively mix of uses is the envy of the world. Here, streets are a means of comfortably juxtaposing diverse backgrounds, cultures, activities and, with appropriately sensitive urban design, a diversity in the scale of built form too.