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One Santa Fe: building a neighbourhood in an apartment block

One Santa Fe is an LA-based apartment block of dense housing, but instead of building up, homes are spread across a site that’s a quarter of a mile long. With 25% of Americans not even knowing their neighbours' names, can a 'horizontal skyscraper’ recreate the social bonds of a close-knit community?

Location United States

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White picket fences, double garage doors and borrowing a cup of sugar from your friendly next door neighbour. Small, but important parts of the American dream. But as more Americans move from houses into highrise apartments, what’s the social impact?

A new apartment block called One Santa Fe provides dense housing, but instead of building up, homes are spread across a site a quarter of a mile long. But can this ‘horizontal skyscraper’ really help recreate the social bonds found in a close-knit neighbourhood?

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