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Buildings 2018, 8(1), 7; doi:10.3390/buildings8010007

The Sustainability of Tall Building Developments: A Conceptual Framework

Department of Urban Planning and Policy, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60612, USA
Received: 26 November 2017 / Revised: 24 December 2017 / Accepted: 3 January 2018 / Published: 5 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Vertical Urbanism)
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As cities cope with rapid population growth—adding 2.5 billion dwellers by 2050—and grapple with expansive sprawl, politicians, planners, and architects have become increasingly interested in the vertical city paradigm. This paper reviews and examines shortfalls of tall buildings found in the literature to inform future developments. The paper gathers a vast amount of fragmented criticism and concerns, and organizes them around the three pillars of sustainability: social, economic, and environmental. Mapping out the “unsustainable” aspects forms the foundation for addressing them in future research and tall building developments. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; high-rise developments; economic shortfalls; social failure; environmental problems sustainability; high-rise developments; economic shortfalls; social failure; environmental problems

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