The Changing Urban Landscape

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Nov 13, 2013

The Foundation's Next Five Years in Fire and Electrical Safety is underway at the District Architecture Center in Washington DC. Antony Wood, Executive Director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), provided the opening keynote on the changing urban landscape. He discussed the trends in tall buildings: buildings are getting taller, there are an increasing number of tall buildings, there is a change in location away from North America, and tall buildings are changing functions, construction materials, and design aesthetics.  He also discussed the drivers behind the trends including population growth, urbanization, and changing social demographics.

Antony then covered the shortfalls in current tall building design and some design principles for new paradigms in tall building design.  These principles include representing the city’s culture and history in the design and accounting for the environmental characteristics of the location.

The CTBUH is currently in the news because the Height Committee just affirmed the height of One World Trade Center at 1,776 feet making it the tallest building in the United States. 

For more information about the conference including the conference presentations, please visit the Foundation’s website.