The Future of the City: Tall Buildings and Urban Design

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Major cities of the world are facing a crisis of housing, shortage of workplace, polluted environment, and inadequate and deteriorating infrastructure. Existing cities have the challenge of how to introduce new tall buildings into the urban fabric whereas expanding cities are exploring new schemes about how to select the most appropriate sites and fashion the contextual setting of new tall buildings. Through a large number of wide-ranging visuals, sketches, and photographs as well as provocative textual narrative, this book enlightens its readers about integrating tall buildings into the cities of the future.

Drawing on the experiences of several cities from different parts of the world, it provides a global perspective on the urbanization phenomenon and tall building development and examines their underlying logic, design drivers, contextual relationships, and pitfalls. All graphic illustrations are accompanied by explanatory captions to illuminate further the related concepts. The book discusses spatial planning and sustainable strategies as well as offers pragmatic architectural and urban design guidelines to better design tall buildings for future cities.

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Kheir Al-Kodmany (Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he teaches urban design and physical planning. Before joining the UIC faculty, Dr. Al-Kodmany worked designing projects for Chicago firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Dr. Al-Kodmany s recent research focuses on new approaches to planning and design through the use of powerful computerized visualization, including Geographic Information Systems, 3D modeling, Hypermedia and Virtual Reality. He has played a large role in developing GCUDV s Web-based mapping survey tools for effective participatory planning and design. He has established a strong publication record in the area of urban visualization and public participation, having ranked seventh in the number of publications of all U. S. planning faculty members over the five-year period, 1998-2003, according to a study conducted by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Mir M. Ali (Ph.D., University of Waterloo) is a Professor Emeritus and former Structures Division Chairman in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he teaches Structures courses. Prior to joining UIUC, he taught a Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and worked as a structural engineer at Sargent & Lundy, Chicago, IL; Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Chicago, IL; Albery, Pullerits, Dickson & Associates, Ontario, Canada; and B. H. Martin Consultants Ltd, Ontario, Canada. He is the author, co-author or editor of five books in his field: Architecture of Tall Buildings (Principal Editor, McGraw-Hill, 1995), Bangladesh Floods: Views From Home and Abroad (Co-editor, University Press Limited, Bangladesh; 1998), Art of the Skyscraper: The Genius of Fazlur Khan (Author, Rizzoli International Publications; 2001), Catalyst for Skyscraper Revolution: Lynn S. Beedle A Legend in His Lifetime (Editor, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, 2004), The Skyscraper and the City: Design, Technology, and Innovation (Co-author, Edwin Mellen Press, 2007) as well as numerous papers, articles, and lectures.

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"this useful volume brings together a plethora of reliable information and analysis on both tall buildings and urban design." "Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers." --CHOICE, August 2013, Vol 50, No 11

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