You may ask what place low buildings have in a city. The short answer is, "not much," but it is more complex than that. Low buildings (two or three stories) have a place in smaller cities and towns, and they are suitable for occasional application even in large cities.
The advantage of low buildings is that we relate immediately to them and that their scale is hardly ever daunting (saving aside the single-story big-box stores the size of a football field that are desecrating the countryside today). When used in a city, however, there should be a definite reason, and usually the building should be of especially high quality, as we will see in some of the following examples.
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