This work is a broad-ranging survey of high-rise architecture which touches on many issues that define the character and social and economic role of this important building type. The history and theory of high-rise design, along with programmatic, structural, social, financial, operational, and urban issues are all covered in a comprehensive and insightful way.
The late Dr. Lynn S. Beedle was University Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at Lehigh University. Dr. Mir M. Ali is Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering Structures from the University of Waterloo. Paul J. Armstrong is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Acknowledgements; List of Illusions; Introduction; High-Rise and Habitat; Philosophy of Tall Buildings; Skyscraper Evolution; Socio-Political and Cultural Influences; Social and Contextual Effects; Environmental and Interference Effects; Economics and Finance; Skyscraper Design; References; Bibliography; Index; Book Two; List of Illustrations; The Urban Habitat; Urban Infrastructure and Services; Physical Systems and Integration; Structural Framework; Safety, Serviceability, and Security; Sustainable Tall Buildings and Cities; Megacities and Megastructures; References; Bibliography; Index.