Placemaking and Tall Buildings (05-17-19)

Al-Kodmany thoroughly investigated how tall buildings can support placemaking and developed the ten related guidelines that are noted here.  Al-Kodmany’s article is available without charge at the web address provided below.

Guidelines for placemaking via tall buildings reported are:  

  1. “Create ‘micro-urbanism’ with tall buildings that support the human scale. . . .
  2. Create ‘macro-urbanism’ to support placemaking at the larger scale of the build environment. . . . 
  3. Respect neighboring buildings and the natural environment. . . . 
  4. Create a visual contrast. . . . 
  5. Employ a design that connects people to vernacular architecture. . . . 
  6. Employ local ‘green aesthetics’. . . .
  7. Design a tower’s base with respect to human scale, providing visual continuity between indoor and outdoor spaces, and support socio-economic activities. . . .
  8. Design urban plazas and public parks. . . . 
  9. Integrate tall buildings with multi-model, mixed use transit nodes and ensure that each node features unique perceptual characteristics at a steadily decreasing density. . . . 
  10. Utilize new building technologies that may provide new architectural expressions and promote placemaking.”

Kheir Al-Kodmany. 2018.  “Planning Guidelines for Enhancing Placemaking with Tall Buildings.” International Journal of Architectural Research, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 5-23, http://dx.doi.org/10.26687/archnet-ijar.v12i2.1493