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Entries in Tall Building Design (12)

Monday
Jul182011

Shanghai Tower: Sustainable Strategies in a Super Tall Building

Shanghai Tower

One of the questions I constantly ask myself is whether a building that has the scale and magnitude of Shanghai Tower can really be considered sustainable in terms of design. From a personal viewpoint, I do not believe the answer to the question of sustainable design is one that is solved by achieving some level of LEED or other certification by an outside agency. I do believe that having these measures forces us to think more clearly about design solutions and provides goals for the design and engineering community. These goals, however, tend to be at a level that rarely challenges us in a significant way.

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Friday
Jul012011

Shanghai Tower: Influences on Design

Shanghai Tower

The design of Shanghai Tower derives from three basic ideas related to the city of Shanghai and the rise of China as an economic and cultural influence.

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Wednesday
May252011

Construction Update: Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower construction charges forward on schedule; we are on track to open by the end of 2014. When complete, Shanghai Tower will be the second-tallest building in the world, at 632 meters and with 121 occupied floors. I sat down with Dick Fencl, technical director for the project, to talk over where we are now.

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Thursday
May192011

A First Look at the Tower at PNC Plaza

Once considered somewhat of a fringe issue, green design has gone mainstream in recent years. The opportunities it holds to reduce operating costs and carbon footprints alike has made it a priority of businesses and corporations across the globe, many of which are now looking to inhabit the sustainable skyscrapers of tomorrow.

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Monday
Nov292010

Can Super Tall be Super Green? Part 2

Shanghai Tower

Q+A with Peter Weingarten This is the second post of a two-part series. The first post, outlining the reasons why it's important to pursue sustainable design in super tall buildings. For the first post in the series, click here.

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