Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Track 13 - Tall Buildings: Urban and Social Trends

Track 13 Session Report

Dirk Lohan,
Principal, Lohan Anderson, Chicago

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Tall Building Trends: 2010, 2020 and Beyond  
Georges Binder,
Managing Director, Buildings & Data SA / CTBUH Country Representative, Belgium

Using tall buildings data and statistics, this presentation explains trends over time relating to building uses and locations. Statistics covering the past decades were compared to the present situation with hypothetical trends that could be drawn for the next years. Selected tall buildings types were presented to stress diverse uses and the specificity of some tall buildings according to their location. Eventually, considering the number of tall buildings completed during the last century, hypothetical figures were drawn allowing us to try figuring out what could be the total number of tall buildings by the year 2020.

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High-Rise Policies: Zoning and Planning of Tall Buildings 
Jan Klerks,
CTBUH Research & Communications Manager, Chicago

This is a presentation of international comparative studies on the role and responsibilities of city governments in tall building development. It discusses the framework created by the local planning authorities in which tall buildings are designed and developed, and which boundaries are shaped by national building codes, local regulations, ambitions, incentives, context, culture, economics and politics. It reviews both the individual and public qualities of the tall building and the qualities and merits of tall buildings in the city as a whole.

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Room at The Top - Alternative Social Spaces in Singapore Context   
Jason Pomeroy,
Director, Broadway Malyan Asia, Singapore

The presentation explores alternative social spaces in Singapore - a city state that has a post colonial heritage of living, working and playing in the tall building typology. It considers the physical eradication of the public realm in lieu of privatization and the birth of semi public domains.  Historical reference to the 5 ft way and tropical veranda, through to the modern day concourse system, the sky court and sky garden seeks to demonstrate measures being taken to replenish the open space programme within the city in order to facilitate greater opportunities for social interaction and co-presence.

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Track 13 Panel Questions and Answers

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