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The Psychology of Skyscrapers

Source: Fast Company

Why should we even think that high-rise living has an effect on us? One does not, after all, see detailed psycho-architectural studies of ranch houses. The primary reason may be sheer novelty. "Given the age of our species, living more than a few stories up is a very recent phenomenon," writes Robert Gifford in Architectural Science Review. "This tempts one to conclude that high rises are unnatural, and some would argue that what is unnatural must be, in some way, harmful.

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