‘Beyond Green! Tall Buildings in a Sustainable Future’ Symposium




Focusing on the relationship between tall buildings and sustainability, the “Beyond Green! – Tall Buildings in a Sustainable Future” international symposium will take place on october 10-12 at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. Due to urbanization and land being a fixed commodity, metropolitan areas become denser and can only respond with the typology of tall buildings to satisfy the demand for space. However, with respect to the provision of infrastructure, use of energy, shortage of resources and the demand for ecological compatibility there is the inevitable need to design green and sustainable cities. This seemingly contradicts the typology of tall buildings. The aim of the symposium, hosted by the institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design at the university, is to evaluate and investigate in detail the green and sustainable credentials of tall buildings regarding their economy, ecology and functionality. 


These days, we can see roof gardens on the top of buildings. For example, after we put flowers and plants there, those could be grown up naturally. Another example, there is a system for putting plants and flowers on the wall. Some people raise their flowers and plants on the roof gardens. Also those roof gardens could be shelters for birds and other insects. 

So through these roof gardens, people can take a rest and take their own time within the concrete jungle that is New York. But there are limits to building the roof gardens on the top of buildings. One limit is the drainage system, while another is the thickness of the concrete which supports the weight of the roof gardens. However, the roof gardens should be built as much as possible for the environment and sustainability of the city. 

Link: http://www.archdaily.com/274347/beyond-green-tall-buildings-in-a-sustainable-future-symposium-2/

Global Issues: Make environment better

Urban design, Sustainability. 

Yoonkyung Won. 

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2 Responses to ‘Beyond Green! Tall Buildings in a Sustainable Future’ Symposium

  1. Barbara says:

    Yoonkyung, this is an interesting topic. Can you present some of the specific details? What are the issues and challenges on a economic, social, and cultural level?

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