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The Psychology of Skyscrapers: Is Bigger Always Better?

The Psychology of Skyscrapers: Is Bigger Always Better?
The Psychology of Skyscrapers: Is Bigger Always Better?, John Hancock Building. Image © Flickr User Kim Eriksson
John Hancock Building. Image © Flickr User Kim Eriksson

Nothing is more iconic of progress than the skyscraper - but as developers continue to build up, it begs the question: what effect does higher living have on our mental health? Taking opinions from authors, architects, engineers and residences of high-rise apartments, Fast Company reports on the pros and cons of the vertical obsession of the 21st century. Comparing the liberation offered by the Hancock building and the failure of the Pruitt-Igoe project, the article looks at how living at high altitudes may change the way that we socialize and perceive space. Read the full article, “The Psychology of Skyscrapers,” and decide for yourself whether this trend of growing buildings is a good or bad thing.

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Cite: Eric Oh. "The Psychology of Skyscrapers: Is Bigger Always Better?" 09 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/639480/the-psychology-of-skyscrapers-is-bigger-always-better/> ISSN 0719-8884
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