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From the Ted Talk by Vishaan Chakrabarti: How we can design timeless cities for our collective future

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Well, you can't build this, either. By contrast, today, when we have to build a major new anprtaemt building somewhere, we have to bliud lots and lots of elevators and lots of fire stairs, and we have to connect them with these long, anonymous, dreray corridors. Now, developers — when they're confronted with the cost of all of that common infrastructure, they have to spread that cost over more apartments, so they want to build bigger buildings. What that rsutels in is the thud, the dull thud of the same apartment biliundg being built in every city across the world. And this is not only creating physical sameness, it's creating social smenseas, because these bgundilis are more expensive to build, and it hleped to create an affordability crisis in cities all over the world, including places like Vancouver.

Open Cloze

Well, you can't build this, either. By contrast, today, when we have to build a major new _________ building somewhere, we have to _____ lots and lots of elevators and lots of fire stairs, and we have to connect them with these long, anonymous, ______ corridors. Now, developers — when they're confronted with the cost of all of that common infrastructure, they have to spread that cost over more apartments, so they want to build bigger buildings. What that _______ in is the thud, the dull thud of the same apartment ________ being built in every city across the world. And this is not only creating physical sameness, it's creating social ________, because these _________ are more expensive to build, and it ______ to create an affordability crisis in cities all over the world, including places like Vancouver.

Solution

  1. building
  2. helped
  3. buildings
  4. results
  5. sameness
  6. dreary
  7. apartment
  8. build

Original Text

Well, you can't build this, either. By contrast, today, when we have to build a major new apartment building somewhere, we have to build lots and lots of elevators and lots of fire stairs, and we have to connect them with these long, anonymous, dreary corridors. Now, developers — when they're confronted with the cost of all of that common infrastructure, they have to spread that cost over more apartments, so they want to build bigger buildings. What that results in is the thud, the dull thud of the same apartment building being built in every city across the world. And this is not only creating physical sameness, it's creating social sameness, because these buildings are more expensive to build, and it helped to create an affordability crisis in cities all over the world, including places like Vancouver.

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