The Roots of Tall Buildings: Connecting the City

Peter Brannan
Managing Director - Asia & Middle East
Arquitectonica, Hong Kong



This presentation investigated the integration of tall tower, mixed-use developments and how they connect with the city and the public when they meet the ground. Critical challenges have to be overcome in resolving the lower horizontal components of these projects – at street level, above, and below street level. In the same way that trees cannot thrive without roots, it is the accessibility of towers to transport, infrastructure, amenities, commerce, landscape and the public domain which in large part determines whether they are both profitable and sustainable. Examples were drawn from the company's international practice comparing similar projects and their solutions in diverse locations. Cultural integration, urban renewal and the strategic use of retail centers as first-phase drivers for future high-rise master plans were explored. In each example, the relationship of high- to low-rise components will be reflected to see how careful planning and design can maximize their mutual benefits.

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