The Tower of the Future

Kenneth Turner
CallisonRTKL, Dubai

It’s a well-known and oft-quoted statistic: by the year 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas. What we don’t yet know is what portion of that 70 percent will live – or work, or play – in skyscrapers; however, we can make some educated guesses about what the tall tower will look like and how it will best accommodate this rapidly rising number of urban dwellers. Using the latest trends and advancements in tall building design concepts as a starting point, this presentation explored the "Tower of the Future," including its technology, potential uses, and the value it brings to the end user and the community it serves. What will the term "high-performance” come to mean as our designs adapt to the needs of a changing world, and what role will tall towers play in future master plans? Which of today’s challenges will be seen as tomorrow’s biggest opportunities?

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