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The continuous growth of the human population is stressing out profoundly the global resources, out of which one is physical space. It is expected that in the near future the population and especially the number of people living in the cities will continue to rise. The population growth must be provided with physical and spatial support in the form of dense urban environments and architecture with similar qualities. Under those conditions, high density architectural forms represent the most viable models for the future in general and for living environments in particular.
The architectural object is a spatial system that offers support for a complex network of social relations that facilitate mutual proximity. Understanding the models of high density architecture can offer a key to successful and healthy architectural design. The main concern should focus on identifying best models for future living environments, and how they can offer a correct support for residents in relation to the crowding degree.
I would first focus on studying social implications of high density environments, followed by a definition of the concept of density in relation to the build environment, and further on an overview of the relations between highly populated environments and the forms of dense architecture, following especially positive models of design.