Wall Effect (hkdigit-20110607-081526)
Hong Kong - There has been increasing concern since 2006 over the "wall effect" (屏風效應) caused by uniform high-rise developments which adversely impact air circulation. Due to the density of Hong Kong's population and the economies of scale of mass developments, there is the tendency of new private tower block developments with 10 to over 100 towers, ranging from 30-to-70-storeys high. Developers of housing estates are financially motivated to maximise the view, at the expense of the free-flow of air. Huge wall-like estates along the waterfront are often constructed.
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