The Vertical Renewal of Mega City

Enfang Liu
Shanghai Institute of Architectural Design & Research, Shanghai

This presentation elaborated the positive effect and unique advantages of supertall high-rise buildings along with their inherent problems throughout the urbanization of Shanghai, a megacity, against the background of a new round of urban renewal to be initiated there. It availed itself of several successful cases of high-rise building projects designed by the Institute of Shanghai Architectural Design and Research Co., Ltd., before looking into the potential functional vitality, urban space quality, cultural heritage and the dramatic efficiency improvement of urban activities that may contribute to the renewal of a megacity from the perspectives of the vertical development of supertall high-rise buildings, sustainability, composite functions and highly efficient connections. It also explored whether high density supertall high-rise buildings are the inevitable and rational solution for the development of a megacity.

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