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The Urban Towers Handbook / Edition 1

The Urban Towers Handbook / Edition 1

by Eric Firley, Julie Gimbal


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ISBN-13: 9780470684740
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 07/20/2011
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Eric Firley is a French-German architect and urban designer.The author of The Urban Housing Handbook (John Wiley &Sons Ltd, 2009), he is Assistant Professor at the University ofMiami School of Architecture and heads an international researchconsultancy.

Julie Gimbal is a French art historian with a specialinterest in high-rise architecture. She holds a doctorate from theUniversity of Rennes on the subject of high-rise architecture inFrance and is responsible for the second section of the book onhigh-rise regulations. She also helped to inform the choice of casestudies in the first part of the book.

Philippe Honnorat, a French Engineer, heads the Parisoffice of WSP Flack + Kurtz. An expert in Mechanical and Electricalsystems, he has worked in the UK and USA, and has extensiveinternational experience in high-rise structures. Honnorat wrotethe third section of the book covering sustainability issues.

Table of Contents




Section A: A visual dictionary of high-rise buildings

1st Group: Solitaires and Twin Towers

1 – Monument

Main example: Kingdom Centre, Riyadh

Secondary 1: Moscow State University

Secondary 2: Burj Khalifa, Dubai

2 – Monument in block

Main example: 30 St Mary Axe, London

Secondary 1: Torre Agbar, Barcelona

Secondary 2: Seagram Building, New York City

3 – Tower as block

Main example: Commerzbank Tower, Frankfurt

Secondary 1: Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco

Seconday 2: Hotel Ukraina, Moscow

4 – Tower in block

Main example: Torre Velasca, Milan

Secondary 1: Kudamm-Karree, Berlin

Secondary 2: Norddeutsche Landesbank, Hanover

5 – Twin towers

Main example: Kungstornen, Stockholm

Secondary 1: Marina City Towers, Chicago

Secondary 2: Puerta de Europa, Madrid

6 – Tower as team player

Main example: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Secondary 1: Thyssen-Haus, Düsseldorf

Secondary 2: United Nations Headquarters, New York City

7 – Tower on infrastructure

Main example: The Standard Hotel, New York City

Secondary 1: Shard London Bridge, London

Secondary 2: Tour Dexia (CBX), La Défense

8 – Tower as module / business as usual

Main example: Tour Ar Men, Paris

Secondary 1: DUOC Corporate Building, Santiago de Chile

Secondary 2: Banco Atlántico, Barcelona

2nd Group: Clusters

1 – Integrated in existing city fabric

Main example: Rockefeller Center, New York City

Secondary 1: Villeurbanne Town Hall and new centre

Secondary 2: Riverside Center, New York City

2 – Towers as urban pattern

Main example: Quartier du Palais (‘ImmeublesChoux’), Créteil

Secondary 1: Jianwai SOHO, Beijing

Secondary 2: Stuyvesant Town, New York City

3 – Linear cluster

Main example: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

Secondary 1: Playa de Levante extension, Benidorm

Secondary 2: Rue de la Loi masterplan, Brussels

4 – High-rise compound

Main example: Moma and Pop Moma, Beijing

Secondary 1: Marina Baie des Anges, Villeneuve-Loubet

Secondary 2: Icon Brickell, Miami

5 – High-rise megastructure

Main example: Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, Tokyo

Secondary 1: Parque Central, Caracas

Secondary 2: Pinnacle@Duxton, Singapore

6 – Towers in nature

Main example: Hansaviertel, Berlin

Secondary 1: Unité d’Habitation, Marseille

Secondary 2: Newton Suites, Singapore

7 – Towers on podium

Main example: Front de Seine, Paris

Secondary 1: Jumeirah Beach Residences, Dubai

Secondary 2: Tour 9, Montreuil

3rd Group: Vertical Cities

1 – US-American downtown:

Main example: Downtown Houston

2 – High-rise as norm:

Main example: Higienópolis, São Paulo

3 – High-rise as geographical obligation:

Main example: Monaco

4 – City of monuments:

Main example: Lujiazui, Shanghai

5 – European CBD:

Main example: La Défense

Secondary: La Défense extension (Tour AIR2)

6 – City of megastructures:

Main example: Hong Kong

Section B: High-rise building regulations in seven citiesworldwide






New York

Hong Kong


Section C: High-rise and sustainability

Comparative table



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