I always found the "but tourisms won't find us as quaint" argument against densification extremely disconnected. Victoria is the capital of a nearly 5-million strong province, home to a major university, host to Canada's Pacific fleet and perennial retirement spot for Canadians. The city will grow regardless, and even the tourism sector will be just fine without the faux-British outpost reputation. Besides, no one's actually demolishing old town so the premise of the argument is moot.
Building tall in Victoria
Posted 21 October 2021 - 10:52 AM
If approved, the project will set a new Vancouver Island height record multiple times with towers up to 32-storeys in height.
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Posted 21 October 2021 - 11:09 AM
How much effect will the anti-height brigade ultimately have on this proposal?
Posted 21 October 2021 - 11:19 AM
Victorians have been complaining about highrise buildings deterring tourists for decades now.
Martha, I don't want to go to Victoria anymore. Those high-rise buildings are out of control and I don't feel safe. They're in parks and backyards now. Even a bunch from Alberta!
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Posted 31 October 2021 - 06:32 AM
October 27, 2021 11.31am EDT
It is the job of city developers and urban planners to figure out how to build or adapt urban environments to accommodate the living and working needs of this rapidly expanding population. There is a popular belief that taller, more densely packed skyscrapers are the way forward, because they optimise the use of space and house more people per square metre and limit urban sprawl.
But given the global commitments to emissions-reduction targets and mitigating climate change, is this the most sustainable solution from a carbon-reduction perspective?
Our recent study, which examined whether building denser and taller is the right path to sustainability, busts this myth: we found that densely built, low-rise environments are more space and carbon efficient, while high-rise buildings have a drastically higher carbon impact.
".......Moving to a smaller scale, the embodied carbon share across construction materials shows that minerals have the largest proportion by far, at 45%."
Edited by VIResident, 31 October 2021 - 06:35 AM.
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