visible signs of skyscraper living


Earlier on, the balconyscraper was defined in an article which stresses the importance of having a balcony, if it was only for the image of sitting out there on a sunny day. The happiness works both ways. When I see big balconies with patio furniture, large plants, a parasol and a grill, I can imagine myself being perfectly fine up there. Another example of a living facade is the light decorations people put on the balcony railings during the Christmas season.

Not only does the addition of a personal touch allows one to single out an apartment seen from the street, but you also get a strong sense of place-making in the sky.

Resiglow is the vertical equivalent of walking around a neighbourhood in the evening and being able to look through the windows. Off course I’m not referring to the voyeuristic element of peeking into someone’s home, but to the sense of someone having his home there. It’s the opposite from glass box resiscrapers with neither balconies nor operable windows.

Resiglow refers to the positive idea of signs of life, but if you want to refer to a less favorable image of for example flats hung with satellite dishes and laundry, you can use the term resi-rash.