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Cute, yes, but a feasible solution to issues of modern urban overcrowding?  

The experimental rooftop townhouses seen here - which are actually used as offices for a Chinese shopping mall’s 160 real estate management employees - are a creative option for maximizing existing rooftop space and incorporating urban greenery.  But why must an innovative use of space in a sophisticated asian city perpetuate a superficial image of middle class American suburbia?  There is something unsettling about an urban planning effort to tackle overcrowding - and all of the socioeconomic issues and inequalities that it harbors - with a vision that perpetuates a sense of entitlement, isolation, and ownership. Can we not reinvent spaces in a way that builds communities rather than segregating them?

Cute, yes, but a feasible solution to issues of modern urban overcrowding?  



The experimental rooftop townhouses seen here - which are actually used as offices for a Chinese shopping mall’s 160 real estate management employees - are a creative option for maximizing existing rooftop space and incorporating urban greenery.  But why must an innovative use of space in a sophisticated asian city perpetuate a superficial image of middle class American suburbia?  There is something unsettling about an urban planning effort to tackle overcrowding - and all of the socioeconomic issues and inequalities that it harbors - with a vision that perpetuates a sense of entitlement, isolation, and ownership. Can we not reinvent spaces in a way that builds communities rather than segregating them?

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