Architecture

The Betrayal of Barangaroo

The city has been viewed as an arena for consumerism. Political and commercial expediency has shifted the emphasis of urban development from meeting the broad social needs of the community to meeting the circumscribed needs of individuals. The pursuit of this narrow objective has sapped the city of its vitality. —Richard Rogers, Cities for a Small Planet, 1997   New York in 2014 saw the advent of new super-high apartment towers climbing to staggering heights upwards of 540 metres with views across Manhattan’s Central Park. Such luxury apartments sell for US$100 million in a niche market serving super-rich foreign investors…

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