The Integration of tall buildings with the urban environment: considering the key sustainability concepts

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2014
Tohumcu, Tulu
As a result of physical, social and economic needs, demand for tall buildings is increasing worldwide. Due to their great size and large impacts on the urban environment, tall buildings, through careful design and urban integration, have the potential to improve the quality around them. Also, depending on their large area of influence, design considerations regarding sustainability and environmental integration of tall buildings need to be handled with more care than with other conventional buildings to provide the most positive impact. This study focuses on the physical and social environmental impacts of tall buildings where these impacts are examined through determined „key sustainability concepts‟. The identified relevant „key sustainability concepts‟ reveal the positive or negative, physical and social environmental impacts of tall buildings. These key sustainability concepts provided to be an observational tool to conduct a study on existing or new tall buildings, from the architectural scale to the urban scale. As a demonstration of its effectiveness on the urban environment, the defined key sustainability concepts of two tall buildings located in London, „The Shard‟ and ‟30 St Mary Axe (Gherkin)‟, were selected and compared through site analysis and survey methods. With this study, the possible negative and positive effects of tall buildings both on architectural and urban scale have been revealed through a physical and social sustainable approach.

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T. Tohumcu, “The Integration of tall buildings with the urban environment: considering the key sustainability concepts,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2014.