The focus of this essay is on contemporary commercial skyscrapers in New York and London and an unease with efforts to incorporate public space within their confines. Irrespective of the physical location of these public areas, be they external to the buildings themselves yet surrounded by private towers, within the physical boundary of the building or indeed as publicly accessible spaces and structures within a complex of buildings, the results are invariably homogenous, highly regulated, privately owned public spaces with, at times paradoxically, limited public access. This essay opens with an historical overview of the genesis of the “open-space” skyscraper as a manifestation of early-American colonialism, followed by selected contemporary examples and, lastly, an open ended set of solutions relating to the potential of skyscraper as an urbo-architectural type to transcend the issue of public-space-as-externality and provide space and experience which are “truly” public, yet within the confines of the tower.
|Title of host publication||Companion to Public Space|
|Editors||Vikas Mehta, Danilo Palazzo|
|Place of Publication||London, UK|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2020|
- vertical urbanism