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New Suburbanism: Sustainable Tall Building Development

1st Edition

By Kheir Al-Kodmany


284 pages

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Much of the anticipated future growth in the United States will take place in suburbia. The critical challenge is how to accommodate this growth in a sustainable and resilient manner. This book explores the role of suburban tall as a viable, sustainable alternative to continued suburban sprawl. It identifies 10 spatial patterns in which tall buildings have been integrated into the American suburbs. The study concludes that the Tall Building and Transit-Oriented-Development (TB-TOD) model is the most appropriate to promote sustainable suburbanism. The findings are based on analyzing over 300 projects in 24 suburban communities within three major metropolitan areas including: Washington, DC, Miami, Florida, and Chicago, Illinois. The book furnishes planning strategies that address the social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainable tall building development. It also discusses sustainable architectural design and site planning strategies and provides case studies of sustainable tall buildings that were successfully integrated into suburban settings.


’Kheir Al-Khodmany, the skyscraper savant, opens our eyes to the advent of new suburbanism� in the form of tall buildings in inner suburbs. With penetrating analyses of high-rise structures in Washington, DC, Chicago, and Miami, he shows how sustainable development and suburbs need not be in conflict and lays out design guidelines for integrating towers into all types of suburban settlements.’ David R. Godschalk, University of North Carolina, USA ’Meticulously researched and written by a scholar well versed in the field, the book is a refreshing and long-overdue work on the architectural and urban design implications of tall buildings related to suburbia. It provides an insightful account of wide-ranging issues encompassing the social and environmental aspects of tall building development - most importantly, sustainable architectural design and site planning strategies.’ Mir M. Ali, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, and author of Art of the Skyscraper ’Want to know how to use high-rise buildings to create better suburbs? Tall buildings expert Kheir Al-Kodmany hits controversies and challenges head on, discussing long-term masterplans, like the Washington Metro and Reston, Virginia and focusing on immediate issues of urban design, sustainable building systems, local approval strategy, and more. Al-Kodmany covers it all.’ Lewis D. Hopkins, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction, Part I: The Evolution of Suburbanism and New Suburbanism, 1. The Evolution of the American Suburbs, 2. Unsustainable Suburbs and the Rise of New Suburbanism, 3. New Suburbanism and Tall Buildings, Part II: Case Studies, 4. Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area, 5. Miami Metropolitan Area, 6. Chicago Metropolitan Area, Part III: Sustainable Tall Building Development, 7. A Sustainable Approach for Tall Building Development, 8. Sustainable Architectural Design and Site Planning: Principles and Features, 9. Sustainable Tall Buildings: Case Studies, 10. Conclusions

About the Author

Kheir Al-Kodmany is a Professor of Sustainable Urban Design in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His recent book entitled Eco-Towers: Sustainable Cities in the Sky (2015) is an encyclopedia on green design and tall buildings. His earlier book, co-authored with Professor Mir Ali, is entitled The Future of the City: Tall Buildings and Urban Design (2012). Professor Al-Kodmany has published nearly 100 articles on planning and architectural design; some appeared in top peer-reviewed journals. Before joining the UIC faculty, Professor Al-Kodmany worked on tall building projects as an architectural designer for the Chicago firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and he continues consulting on architecture and planning projects. He won several international architectural and urban design competitions. He also worked as a consultant to the Jordanian Government on integrating high-rise development in the Amman Master Plan. He received his early training in architecture from his late father Professor Abdul Muhsen Al-Kodmany, a Le Corbusier trainee. Professor Al-Kodmany helped the Saudi Government in facilitating the performance of safe Hajj by applying visualization and crowd management techniques to reconfigure and expand the existing infrastructure to accommodate about three million pilgrims who travel to Mecca for the event annually. He helped the City of Chicago in crowd management, emergency evacuation and planning for the 'Taste of Chicago' event. He also served as the Co-Director of the Urban Data Visualization Laboratory at UIC where he developed 3D modeling, virtual reality, GIS, and web-based mapping survey tools and software for effective participatory planning and design.

About the Series

Design and the Built Environment

Design and the Built Environment

Urban design is an expanding discipline bridging the gaps between the established built environment professions of architecture, planning, surveying, landscape architecture, and engineering. In this position, urban design also borrows from, and contributes to, academic discourse in areas as diverse as urban geography, sociology, public administration, cultural studies, environmental management, conservation and urban regeneration.

This series provides a means to disseminate more substantive urban and environmental design research. Specifically, contributions will be welcomed which are the result of original empirical research, scholarly evaluation, reflection on the practice and the process of urban design, and critical analysis of particular aspects of the built environment. Volumes should be of international interest and may reflect theory and practice from across one or more of the spatial scales over which urban design operates, from environmental and spatial design of settlements, to a concern with large areas of towns and cities - districts or quarters, to consideration of individual developments, urban spaces and networks of spaces, to the contribution of architecture in the urban realm.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Regional Planning