Contextualising tall buildings to avoid the creation of identikit cities

Ed Baker
Director
Broadway Malyan, Singapore

With 66% of the world’s population forecasted to be living in urban areas by 2050 the pressure is on to deliver housing and infrastructure. High-rise development is a solution, but the rush to deliver new urban environments has resulted in a trend towards caution and sameness in designs. Many new cities look like clones of each other and do not capitalize on the unique identifiers of the location or culture.

This presentation examined the importance of character-led development and how it is at ground level that the biggest gains can be made in terms of achieving a unique place that the community will adopt. With connectivity a key element in high density planning, transport oriented development provides an opportunity to create iconic, identifiable gateways to places which meet the needs of the people who will live, work and play there.

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