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Whispering Gallery Housing

More interesting layouts for housing estates
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The designers of these bland and boring housing estates we see all around us could easily spice them up by including a little cunning into their layout.

A long, gently curving row of houses or block of flats could be built in the shape of a section of an ellipse, with a tree or a streetlight at each focus.

This would create a "whispering gallery" effect: a pedestrian stood by the tree could have a conversation with a friend next to the streetlight at the other end of the road.

More complex layouts could include several whispering galleries, providing endless amusement to the local children. You may wish to provide the police with a map, to stop them being too useful to drug dealers.

Wrongfellow, Dec 01 2008

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