Tall Buildings

Sponsored by Construction Specialties
Architectural Record
By Alexandra A. Seno, Joann Gonchar, FAIA, Clifford A. Pearson, and Jeremy Hanson
1 AIA LU/HSW; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 AIBD P-CE; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning; NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning; NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; OAA 1 Learning Hour; SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss earthquake-resistant technologies suitable for tall buildings and alternatives to code-prescribed seismic design methods.
  2. Describe several types of envelope systems that can reduce heat gain and glare.
  3. Describe strategies for ensuring occupant comfort suited to tall buildings and diverse climates.
  4. Discuss ideas for creating public space within dense urban environments.

This course is part of the Resiliency Academy

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Most architects of tall buildings will admit that height for height’s sake is an empty pursuit: there is so much more involved than garnering a spot in the record books. The towers on the following pages bear this out. They make their mark with inventive facades, innovative structural systems, and new strategies for defining public space—and they still meet the sky in graceful ways.

SalesForce Tower, San Francisco


SalesForce Tower, San Francisco,
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

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Originally published in Architectural Record
Originally published in July 2018