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Sustainability 2013, 5(7), 2840-2855; doi:10.3390/su5072840
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A Critical Assessment and Projection of Urban Vertical Growth in Antofagasta, Chile

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Received: 4 May 2013 / Revised: 7 June 2013 / Accepted: 18 June 2013 / Published: 27 June 2013
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Abstract

Vertical cities’ growth is argument of discussion worldwide. Population increases and a better soil use are needed, in terms of efficiency and density, in many cities of the world. However, an excessive vertical growth seems to be harmful, especially near the green areas of midtowns. In this paper, the case of Antofagasta is studied. The paper studies different possible future evolutions searching for a bearable development, respecting the society needs and the environment. Parameters analyzed are: temperature, humidity, solar radiation, wind speed and direction in the studied area. Results show the impact of building growth in terms of overheating and wind reduction on the ground area studied. Additionally, the social impact of living in towers is also discussed in the paper, searching for better design in order to guarantee user’s comfort, satisfaction and stimulation in their residences. Thermal, visual and acoustical effects produced by towers are considered in the critical evaluation of the Antofagasta city evolution. Part of this work relates to architectural workshop “energy and architecture” conducted by the authors at the School of Architecture of the Catholic University of the North (UCN) in 2012.
Keywords: vertical growth; green areas; urban sustainability vertical growth; green areas; urban sustainability
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Palme, M.; Ramírez, J.G. A Critical Assessment and Projection of Urban Vertical Growth in Antofagasta, Chile. Sustainability 2013, 5, 2840-2855.

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