Time’s Arrow: Tall Moving Targets and Social Research

  • David Cooperman


A comparison of accounts of interest and inquiry into the social impact of tall buildings over the past two decades with current concerns of the public, planners, architects, and engineers discloses that a problem shift is occurring. Not too long ago the focus was primarily on the problematic aspects of tall buildings such as crime, poverty, family security, environmental pollution, and psychological well-being. Some of these themes continue, but at a much lower level. Environmental psychologists continue to examine microlevel behavior, and public response still focuses on trade-offs between the economic gains of tall building development against potential undesired effects on the city-scape and congestion.


Social Effect Tall Building Pacific Basin Social Impact Assessment Problem Shift 
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