San Francisco

United States

05 July 2023

Building Re-Use as Re-Envision: New Life for an Outdated Edifice

The renovation of 633 Folsom Street in San Francisco demonstrates the great potential in creatively re-imagining mid-century office buildings. In lieu of assuming eventual demolition...

03 April 2023

Should All-Electric Buildings be Mandated?

Teresa Jan & Jeffrey Heller

As part of a broader campaign to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in California by 2045, cities such as Los Angeles have enacted ordinances mandating all...

15 December 2021

Overcoming Carbon, Climate, and Societal Challenges in Cities

Daniel Safarik, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)

The tall building, the city, and by extension, urban life, are all facing unprecedented challenges, in multiple aspects—carbon, climate, and societal. The planet’s rapid urbanization...

30 January 2020

How to Reduce Bird Strikes on High-Rises?

Dan Piselli, FXCollaborative

In cities across North America, collisions with glass buildings result in up to one billion bird deaths each year. In New York City alone, it’s...

31 January 2019

Interactive Study on Tall Buildings in Numbers: 2018 Year in Review

CTBUH Research

In 2018, 143 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed. This is a slight decrease from 2017’s record-breaking total of 147, and it...

27 April 2018

Debating Tall: Landscrapers vs. Skyscrapers

Amy Webb, New York University; Julian Chen, Henning Larsen Architects

What does the office of the future look like? The leading tech industry giants all seem to agree the main goal is “connectivity” that forges...

01 March 2018

A Tall Building Ethos of Integration

Brian Lee, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

The last decade has seen great design opportunities for tall building construction around the globe. The best designs represent a new generation of skyscrapers that...

30 October 2017

Empirically Evaluating the Livability Of Local Neighborhoods and Global Cities

Christian Derix, Lucy Helme, Fabio Galicia & Alexander Kachkaev, Woods Bagot

CIVITAS is a search engine for urban conditions, developed to allow stakeholders to identify qualities of livability and urban experiences that suit their tacit desires...

08 August 2017

Birds, Planes and Bio-Blitzes

Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects

Having designed the 262-meter Aqua in Chicago, which completed in 2009, Jeanne Gang, principal and founder of Studio Gang Architects, received considerable attention for what...

17 October 2016

The Largest Megalopolis in the World: Assessing the Urbanization of the Pearl River Delta

Peter Kindel, Ellen Lou & Lingyue Anne Chen, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

With the world’s urban population expected to increase by roughly 2.5 billion people by 2050, developing an understanding of megalopolises is critical to understanding and...