Another outcome of a political and economic system that first divides us between those who have, and those who have not, and then, once the vast majority is left behind to its own struggle, treats us as we were all the same. But are we really willing to live similarly, no matter any other local socio-cultural and geographical factors? Do we really enjoy this flattening of urban diversity?
most of the planet’s newest cities bear a markedly strong resemblance to one another. Whether they happen to be planted on African terrain or Indian or Chinese, they have the self-contained, inward-turning flavour of a high-end condo, and indeed are branded and marketed in just the same way. Though in virtually every case, the developers in question have taken great pains to describe their sensitivity to local traditions, both social and architectural, their developments have a numbing similarity, right down to the central business districts, marinas and grand axial boulevards.