Sustainability and higher density vs cultural identity in New Zealand

Photo by P Stalder, sourced from Wikipedia
Christchurch seen from the Port Hills. (Photo by P Stalder, sourced from Wikipedia)

Density has been seen as a good solution for cities. We know higher density saves distances. More people living in the same place implies more environmental, social and economic sustainability. There is also the need to preserve land, and therefore save space. The more the cities grow horizontally, the larger the impact on natural systems. But does this also take into account cultural sustainability? And what is the importance of urban culture after all? Read more…