Magazine April 20, 2009, Issue

City Desk: Open City


The city is full of windows. More buildings, more stories, more rooms equal more panes of glass. The windowless room is a horror, which the laws aimed to banish from residential buildings: hence the city’s many airshafts and courtyards. Every New Yorker should be able to see light and air, even if the light is dim and the air is dirty. Modern office buildings achieve the same result by eliminating interior walls on their vast floors. The reason your cubicle foxhole does not reach all the way to the ceiling is not only to deprive you of privacy, but to

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