Al-Kodmany, Kheir. "Green Towers and Iconic Design: Cases from Three Continents." Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, vol. 8, issue 1 (2014): 11-29.
Recently, massive urbanization,
increasingly denser cities and environmental consciousness are pushing
architects to build “green” skyscraper. This paper examines the emergence of a
notable type of skyscrapers, which depart from purely image-driven structures,
and emphasizes functionality and energy efficiency. It argues that breathtaking
green design and practical clean technology are merged to give birth to green
architectural aesthetics. Upon reviewing over 30 towers from various parts of
the world, the paper identifies salient green design strategies that provide
new iconicity including: structural efficiencies, renewable energy, façade
technology, greeneries, and bioclimatic design. Findings suggest that a dynamic
synergy among innovative green design strategies, new architectural languages
and exciting aesthetics has constituted a trend that is more likely to prevail
in the 21st Century.
Key words: sustainable
design; new technologies, indigenous forms; innovative approaches; green