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Living in Wonderland: Urban development and placemaking by David Twohig

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There is increasing disillusionment with the property industry’s failure to produce anything but soulless contemporary environments. Recent years have witnessed grass-roots urban initiatives rally against this trend of banality. Unfortunately, the companies responsible for developing most of our built environments have not paid much attention. Developers are often slow to change and seek improvement. Land is a fixed commodity, which means there is always demand, and whenever demand outstrips supply there is less competition and reduced pressure to make advances in what you offer.

Property development is a conservative industry and the typical firm’s approach is archaic when you consider ...

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