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Best Highrises 2012 /2013. The International Highrise Award 2012 | Peter Cachola Schmal, Michaela Busenkell | 9783920034706

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Best Highrises 2012 /2013

The International Highrise Award 2012

Author:Peter Cachola Schmal, Michaela Busenkell

Publisher:DAM, DETAIL

ISBN: 978-3-920034-70-6

  • Paperback
  • English, German
  • 128 Pages
  • Nov 17, 2012

The world’s best high-rises. Publication for the exhibition at the German Museum of Architecture (DAM), Frankfurt am Main from 17 November 2012 to 20 January 2013

Every two years, the German Museum of Architecture (DAM) introduces the world’s best high-rises from the previous two years as part of the International Highrise Award. This year’s nominees, 26 high-rises from 17 countries, were either erected within the past two years or are now very close to completion. In recent times, the centre stage for new high-rises has shifted from the United States to Asia. The publication includes all of the nominated high-rises as documented with plans, photos and building descriptions. Record heights and construction are not the only important aspects of international high-rise construction. The projects will be used to introduce current developments with regard to building technology, design, but also sustainability and urban planning. Even the changing use of these towers becomes evident in the growing number of high-rises developed not only as office buildings, but also for mixed-function or housing purposes.

The world’s best high-rises. Publication for the exhibition at the German Museum of Architecture (DAM), Frankfurt am Main from 17 November 2012 to 20 January 2013

Every two years, the German Museum of Architecture (DAM) introduces the world’s best high-rises from the previous two years as part of the International Highrise Award. This year’s nominees, 26 high-rises from 17 countries, were either erected within the past two years or are now very close to completion. In recent times, the centre stage for new high-rises has shifted from the United States to Asia. The publication includes all of the nominated high-rises as documented with plans, photos and building descriptions. Record heights and construction are not the only important aspects of international high-rise construction. The projects will be used to introduce current developments with regard to building technology, design, but also sustainability and urban planning. Even the changing use of these towers becomes evident in the growing number of high-rises developed not only as office buildings, but also for mixed-function or housing purposes.

And as always, the architectural typology of the high-rise stands for the vertical superlative, or serves as an identifying icon for contemporary metropolitan centres. In her essay, Carol Willis (founder and director of the Skyscraper Museum in New York City) investigates the phenomenon of so-called “supertall” high-rises that reach heights of 300 metres or more. Sigidur Gunnarsson (structural engineer and professor at the Bergen School of Architecture) will add to this perspective with his commentary on the contemporary construction systems and supporting structures for these new skyscrapers.

- New typologies and constructions for the high-rises of tomorrow
- “Supertall” – Superlative buildings: an international comparison
- Trends for high-rise supporting structures
- Sustainability for high-rises
- High-rises and the urban context

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