Why density?

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Why density?

Debunking the myth of the cubic watermelon

a+t research group

Around the 80s, a farmer on the island of Shikoku, south Japan, came up with of making a cube-shaped watermelon which could easily be packed and stored. He created a cubic mould, where each seed would grow adopting a cubic form. The result was a wonderful cubic watermelon, which remained stable and was easier to store, pack and ship. You can do this with watermelons, but you can’t do it with buildings. Density has nothing to do with the volumetric exploitation of the city. It is a question of fitting in as many homes as possible. It is not a question of reducing voids. If you do that with buildings, it won’t be for the sake of density, it will be for the sake of speculation. 

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