Special Issue "Sustainable Vertical Urbanism"
A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018)
Prof. Dr. Kheir Al-Kodmany
Department of Urban Planning and Policy, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
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Interests: tall buildings; ecological design; biomimicry; intelligent systems; smart skins; renewable energy; wood skyscraper; retrofitting skyscrapers; vertical farms; green roofs; security systems; ultra-high speed and regenerative energy elevators; social life; life cycle assessment; recycling; bio-degradable materials; sustainable high-rise development
As cities cope with rapid population growth—adding 2.5 billion dwellers by 2050—and grapple with destructive sprawl, politicians, planners, and architects have become increasingly interested in the vertical city paradigm. Unfortunately, cities all over the world are grossly unprepared for integrating tall buildings, as these buildings may aggravate multidimensional sustainability challenges, including social and racial segregation, traffic congestion, overcrowding, and overtaxing the urban infrastructure. The chaotic proliferation of this building typology will guarantee another type of sprawl, a “vertical sprawl”, which could have worse consequences than “horizontal sprawl”.
The theme of this Special Issue builds on the work of prominent scholars and institutions, in particular, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). This Special Issue intends to capture state-of-the-art developments in high-rises. It aims to collate scattered information on the sustainable and unsustainable features of a vertical city. To meet this goal, multi-disciplinary efforts are required to inform on this topic. Scholars from multitude fields—including architecture, planning, urban design, landscape architecture, environmental sciences, energy, social and political sciences, and economic development—are highly encouraged to participate in this Special Issue.
On behalf of Buildings, thank you for your consideration.
Prof. Dr. Kheir Al-Kodmany
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- Sprawl versus vertical urbanism
- Environmental costs
- Socio-economic dimensions
- Mass transit and transport network
- Social life: plazas and open spaces
- New structural systems for tall buildings
- Green elevators
- Vertical farms
- Unsustainable features