Where the block edge is dominant is where you will find the city. This is not just a cliché, as urban life demands density, diversity and immediacy of the kind often offered by the block edge. A number of exponents therefore transfigure the block edge into a panacea that can “make the agglomeration into a city”. Many architects and investors remain sceptical, they criticise the rigidity of rectangular grids, the difficulty of creating good corner solutions, and shadowy courtyards. Among the enemies of the urban block are the current building laws, which are still based on the light and air ideologies of classic modernism.
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