Density through the prism of supertall residential skyscrapers: urbo-architectural type in global megacities

Vuk Radovic

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Since their inauguration in 2005, supertall residential skyscrapers have established themselves as a truly new, 21st century phenomenon. Their uniqueness spans the spectrum of critically important issues, ranging from discrete ways of conceptualization, production, and delivery, introduction of latest technologies, strict organizational and spatial rules and practices, all the way to various socio-cultural impacts, which include the peculiar, often invisible ways of cultural accommodation. This paper presents parts of a larger research project into this urbo-architectural type, focusing on the capacity of these skyscrapers to address numerous issues related to residential density, especially in fast-growing megacities. While a substantial number of research projects explore economic, architectural, engineering, and environmental attributes of these buildings by focusing on measurable aspects of their production and use, the holistic comparisons and qualitative elaboration of the significance of the residential supertall phenomenon are still lacking. This paper attempts to fill that gap and open a new approach into investigations of supertall residential skyscrapers. The starting position is that these are not simply bigger and taller, but fundamentally different urban artefacts, which have an untapped capacity to reach another kind of quality. Definition and recognition of that difference will enable us to better capitalize upon the qualities which it brings and help avoid the problems which it generates.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1314
Number of pages18
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020


  • Supertall residential skyscrapers
  • megacities
  • density
  • radical globalism


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