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Residential Towers

As population growth and urbanization pick up speed worldwide, the need for high-rise, high-density residential architecture is becoming ever more acute. As Residential Towers shows, this branch of architecture is ready for that demand, with creative approaches to meeting the social and architectural challenges inherent in housing a large number of people in a small amount of ground space. Taking readers to cities on five continents, the book presents analyses of eighty architecturally significant tower blocks in a way that makes it possible to compare approaches and see the effects of innovations. 

348 pages | 265 color plates, 513 halftones | 9 1/2 x 11 | © 2015

Architecture: European Architecture

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Table of Contents

Annette Gigon and Mike Guyer
Andreas Tönnesmann
Power, prospect and comfort: how the high-rise became habitable
Essay based on a conversation between Andreas Tönnesmann, Gregory Grämiger, Britta Hentschel and Niklas Naehrig, recorded on 9 May 2014 in Zurich
Dietrich Neumann
‘A return to first principles in building’: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Promontory and Lake Shore Drive Apartments and their legacy
Philip Ursprung
From the vertical city to the village in the sky: the future of the tower block
Biographical notes
Illustration credits

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