The Urban Book Series

Tall Buildings and the City

Improving the Understanding of Placemaking, Imageability, and Tourism

Authors: Al-Kodmany, Kheir

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  • The first book to use big data to shed new light on popular images of cities
  • Provides new findings and insights on people’s perceptions of cities and identification of socio-spatial clusters
  • Offers a guide to the successful vertical development of skyscrapers
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About this book

The chaotic proliferation of skyscrapers in many cities around the world is contributing to a decline in placemaking. This book examines the role of skyscrapers and open spaces in promoting placemaking in the city of Chicago. Chicago’s skyscrapers tell an epic story of transformative architectural design, innovative engineering solutions, and bold entrepreneurial spirit. The city’s public plazas and open spaces attract visitors, breathe life, and bring balance into the cityscape. Using locational data from social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, along with imagery from Google Earth, fieldwork, direct observations, in-depth surveys, and the combined insights from architectural and urban design literature, this study reveals the roles that socio-spatial clusters of skyscrapers, public spaces, architecture, and artwork play to enhance placemaking in Chicago. The study illustrates how Chicago, as the birthplace of skyscrapers, remains a leading city in tall building integration and innovation. Focusing on some of the finest urban places in America, including the Chicago River, the Magnificent Mile, and the Chicago Loop, the book offers meaningful architectural and urban design lessons that are transferable to emerging skyscraper cities around the globe. 


About the authors

Dr. Kheir Al-Kodmany is a Professor of Spatial Planning and Urban Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He has been teaching for 30 years, has published over 100 papers and six books, and ranks among top faculty in the United States. Dr. Al-Kodmany was invited by mayors of numerous cities to help in preparing master plans and lectured in renowned universities worldwide.  He worked for the Chicago firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and he continues consulting on architecture and planning projects. He is on the editorial boards of a dozen of journals covering a wide range of topics including sustainability, eco-architecture, urban design, urban planning, e-planning, spatial planning, geographic information systems, visualization systems, and the like.

 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-981-15-6029-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-15-6028-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Tall Buildings and the City
Book Subtitle
Improving the Understanding of Placemaking, Imageability, and Tourism
Authors
Series Title
The Urban Book Series
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-6029-3
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-6029-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-6028-6
Series ISSN
2365-757X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 477
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 224 illustrations in colour
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