1st Edition

The Tall Buildings Reference Book

Edited By David Parker, Antony Wood Copyright 2013
    512 Pages
    by Routledge

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    As the ever-changing skylines of cities all over the world show, tall buildings are an increasingly important solution to accommodating growth more sustainably in today’s urban areas. Whether it is residential, a workplace or mixed use, the tower is both a statement of intent and the defining image for the new global city.

    The Tall Buildings Reference Book addresses all the issues of building tall, from the procurement stage through the design and construction process to new technologies and the building’s contribution to the urban habitat. A case study section highlights the latest, the most innovative, the greenest and the most inspirational tall buildings being constructed today.  

    A team of over fifty experts in all aspects of building tall have contributed to the making of the Tall Buildings Reference Book, creating an unparalleled source of information and inspiration for architects, engineers and developers.

    Part 1:Why Build Tall?  Introduction Antony Wood  Brief History of the 20th Century Skyscraper Gail Fenske, Roger Williams University, USA  Aesthetics, Symbolism and Status in the 21st Century Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects, London A Client’s Perspective  Bob B. Brennan, Tom Akerstream and Mark Pauls, Manitoba Hydro, Canada  Tall Building Economics  Steve Watts, Davis Langdon, London  Is Refurbishment a Better Option?  Sara Beardsley and Jeffrey Boyer, Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill Architecture, USA  Part 2: Human, Social and Urban Issues  Introduction Antony Wood  Tall Buildings and the Public Domain Richard Keating, Jacobs, Los Angeles, USA  Masterplanning Urban Habitats Stephen Engblom, AECOM, San Fransisco, USA  Building Tall – the Future of Cities Ken Shuttleworth and David Taylor, MAKE, London  The Public Realm and Its Impact on Tall Buildings Steve Hanson and Roger Courtenay, AECOM, Washington DC, USA  Internal Environment and Planning Jason Pomeroy, Broadway Malyan, Singapore  The Role of Atria Swinal Samant, University of Nottingham, UK  Part 3: Sustainable Responsibilities and Risk  Introduction Dave Parker  Sustainability and Energy Considerations Rick Cook, Bill Browning and Chris Garvin, Cook + Fox Architects/Terrapin Bright Green, New York, USA  Towards Energy Independence Russell Gilchrist, Roger Frechette, PositivEnergy Practice, USA and Dave Parker, UK Recent Advances in Technologies, Techniques and Materials Richard Marshall , Buro Happold, Dubai and Graham Knapp, CSTB, Nantes, France  Risk Considerations for Design Shyam Sunder, Fahim Sadek and Jason Averill, The National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA  Part 4: Engineering the Tall Building  Introduction Dave Parker Limits of Materials and Structures Richard Tomasetti, Joseph Burns & Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti, New York, USA  Structural Possibilities William Baker, SOM,Chicago, USA  Foundation and Basements Tony A Kiefer and Clyde N Baker, AECOM,Vernon Hills, IL, USA  Seismic Design Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic, Seattle, USA  Designing for Wind Peter Irwin, RWDI, Guelph, Canada  Part 5: Enclosure, Servicing and Construction  Introduction Dave Parker  Facades and Curtain Walling Nicholas Holt, SOM, New York, USA  Towards a Double Skin Solution Werner Sobek, Thomas Winterstetter and Claus Peter Weller, Werner Sobek, Stuttgart GmbH, Germany  Fire Safety and Evacuation Simon Lay, WSP Group, London, UK  Servicing the Tall Building Alistair Guthrie and Robert Henderson, Arup, London, UK  Vertical Circulation - Past, Present and Future Steve Edgett, Edgett Williams Consultants, Seattle, USA  Logistics and Project Management Ian Eggers, Phil Solomon, Warren Alexander-Pye and Malcolm Hannon, Mace Group, London,UK  Afterword: The ‘future’ of Tall Antony Wood, CTBUH, Chicago, USA  Part 6: Case Studies


    Dave Parker was Technical Editor of New Civil Engineer magazine for 12 years before leaving in May 2006 to become a freelance author and journalist. His interests include microgeneration and structural safety, and he successfully campaigned for the setting-up of the CROSS confidential reporting scheme in the UK.

    Antony Wood is Executive Director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and an Associate Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture. His field of specialism is the sustainable design of tall buildings. His PhD explored the multi-disciplinary aspects of skybridge connections between tall buildings.