Skyscraper and the City (Two Book Set)

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This work is a broad-ranging survey of high-rise architecture which touches on many issues that define the character and social and economic role of this important building type. The history and theory of high-rise design, along with programmatic, structural, social, financial, operational, and urban issues are all covered in a comprehensive and insightful way. This book contains 28 black and white photographs and 12 color photographs.


“Lynn S. Beedle was a man of great vision - he foresaw back then in 1969 that the skyscraper would be a builtform that would significantly preoccupy the leading designers of our human built environment today, ... Our tall urban habitat, while giving rise to a dynamic city life, cannot be isolated from the city life itself but must be an integral part of it. This view led Beedle to teach a special course at Lehigh University where he was based, which effectively covered the other diverse aspects related to the tall building type. Beedle’s notes for his lectures then at his behest are put together here by his protégé, Mir M. Ali and assisted by Ali’s colleague Paul J. Armstrong into this monograph. In addition, Ali added other contemporary topics thereby making the scope of the book complete.” - Dr. Ken Yeang, Distinguished Plym Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Chamapign

“Meticulously researched and expertly written by internationally renowned scholars in the field, it is beyond doubt the most comprehensive publication on the architecture, technology, and the urban design implications of skyscrapers today. Among the many and wide-ranging issues the book discusses the philosophy, the socio-political and cultural influences, the economics and finance, the architectural and structural design, then, very importantly, the ecology and sustainability of these enormous complexes, most them small cities within a city.” - Dr. Botond Bognar, Professor and Edgar A. Tafel Chair in Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign

“Whether one is optimistic or pessimistic about the future of the high-rise, it is quite clear that it will continue to be an integral part of tomorrow’s cities. Increasing populations and limited natural resources will continue to play in favor of high-rise architecture as cities come to grips with their future. As the authors conclude, it will not only be a question of economics and technology that sustains high-rise architecture, but it will be the human spirit that is the driving force behinds its future development.” - Dr. John W. Stamper, Associate Dean and Professor of Architecture, University of Notre Dame

Table of Contents

Book One
List of Illustrations
1 High-Rise and Habitat
2 Philosophy of Tall Buildings
3 Skyscraper Evolution
4 Socio-Political and Cultural Influences
5 Social and Contextual Effects
6 Environmental and Interference Effects
7 Economics and Finance
8 Skyscraper Design

Book Two
List of Illustrations
9 The Urban Habitat
10 Urban Infrastructure and Services
11 Physical Systems and Integration
12 Structural Framework
13 Safety, Serviceability, and Security
14 Sustainable Tall Buildings and Cities
15 Megacities and Megastructures

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