Urban Policy Towards Tall Buildings Globally: The Architect’s Perspective

Chris Wilkinson
Principal and Founding Director
Wilkinson Eyre, London



Tall buildings have an important role in defining the character of the City and they help reduce urban sprawl. However, when a building rises above the others on the skyline, it has a duty to provide architectural excellence. This presentation illustrates practice experience of competition-winning schemes in Sydney, Toronto, London and Guangzhou.

In Sydney, the Crown Sydney project in Barangaroo, the winner of an international competition, was challenged by the press on political grounds, but is currently under construction alongside the Rogers Stirk Harbour towers, and will be joined by two residential towers designed by Renzo Piano.

Similar competition-winning projects in Toronto, London and Guangzhou have been more favorably received, but there is always a debate about the policy towards tall buildings. The architect’s response is that towers should be judged on their contribution to the skyline and the impact they have on the streets below.

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