The former often convey oppressive urban density with the washing drying on the balcony or glimpses of people moving around in their living room. Once–in the 1960s– tower blocks were the answer to a housing crisis but many people came to hate them. The blocks were poorly designed, had drug dealers and lifts dripping with urine, unsupervised kids, and kids running wild.
The postwar modernist concrete cladding tower blocks were seen to be ghettos but they are now making a comeback.They have great views of the city and work for the young. The new towers benefit from the introduction of colour and texture.