I hate tall apartment complexes. I lived in one for one year when I was in Malaysia. These horrible and monster-like constructions cause eye sore, they are crowded and they are not social-friendly as horizontal buildings. An apartment building should have no more than ten apartments max anything more than that will be a burden on everyone. Those who experienced living in such tall buildings can tell you how many problems they had to deal with. Instead of having a bad neighbor, in tall buildings you may have ten bad neighbors or even more.
The first fifteen years of my life I lived with my family in an apartment. We were in apartment #10, the last apartment in the building. Each floor had four apartments, except the ground floor had two apartments. That is, the building was two floors high only. All the ten tenants knew each other. It was a very nice and friendly environment. I don’t think you can bond with your neighbors if you live in a 20 or 30 floor building.
It turned out that tall buildings are not just unsocial but they are unsafe as well:
On November 15th, in Shanghai, China, a fire erupted, apparently within construction materials and scaffolding surrounding an occupied 30-story apartment building under renovation. The flames quickly spread to the building itself and soon engulfed the entire structure. Workers and residents scattered down scaffolding, or climbed to the roof, attempting to escape the smoke and flames. Unfortunately, 58 people were unable to escape, losing their lives, and 70 more were injured in the blaze, which was contained within four hours.
Here are some pictures of this horrible fire from The Big Picture: [see more here]