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The Sustainable Tall Building: A Design Primer

Philip Oldfield (UNSW, Australia)



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10 April 2019
Environmentally-friendly architecture & design; Sustainability
The Sustainable Tall Building: A Design Primer is an accessible and highly illustrated guide, which primes those involved in the design and research of tall buildings to dramatically improve their performance. Using a mixture of original research and analysis, best-practice design thinking and a detailed look at exemplar case studies, author Philip Oldfield takes the reader through the architectural ideas, engineering strategies and cutting-edge technologies that are available to the tall building design team.

The book takes a global perspective, examining high-rise design in different climates, cultures and contexts. It considers common functions such as high-rise housing and offices, to more radical designs such as vertical farming and vertical cemeteries. Innovation is provided by examining not only the environmental performance of tall buildings but also their social sustainability, guiding the reader through strategies to create successful communities at height.

The book starts by critically appraising the sustainability of tall building architecture past and present, before demonstrating innovative ways for future tall buildings to be designed. These include themes such as climatically responsive architecture, siting a tall building in the city, zero-carbon towers, skygardens and community spaces at height, sustainable structural systems and novel facades. In doing so, the book provides essential reading for architects, engineers, consultants, developers, researchers and students engaged with sustainable design and high-rise architecture.
By:   Philip Oldfield (UNSW Australia)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 276mm,  Width: 219mm, 
Weight:   1.338kg
ISBN:   9781138905863
ISBN 10:   1138905860
Pages:   282
Publication Date:   10 April 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Philip Oldfield is Director of the Architecture Programme at the University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia. Here he convenes the architecture + high-performance technology stream and leads a studio exploring sustainable high-rise design. He researches and writes widely on tall buildings and sustainability and is a British Science Association Media Fellow.

Reviews for The Sustainable Tall Building: A Design Primer

To create high performance tall buildings, designers must better respond to a number of factors - including environmental considerations, lifecycle carbon emissions, efficiency, integration within the community and context etc. Dr Oldfield's book provides a framework for a dialogue on how to do this. It informs and inspires the reader in terms of some of the fundamental considerations necessary when creating sustainable tall buildings through providing details on several key themes for the essential future of skyscrapers, from the creation of zero-energy precincts, to the use of highly efficient structural systems. - Adrian Smith, Founding Partner, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture This book provides a well-illustrated exploration of the broader sustainability issues tall buildings face, from energy performance to social connectivity. Its research and case studies demonstrate how approaching high-rise architecture as the design of urban infrastructure, rather than individual objects, can unlock the potential of this building type to provide a range of public benefits. - Jeanne Gang, Founding Principal, Studio Gang Architects

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