Effects of Scale on Tall Buildings

by Myron Goldsmith, Illinois Inst of Technology, Chicago, IL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: The Engineering Aesthetics of Tall Buildings


The laws of scale in relation to structures are explored within an historic, as well as an aesthetic context. Particular emphasis is placed on the development of structural systems for tall buildings. Structural engineers are investigating new structural systems, such as superframes, that are being considered for the next generation of tall buildings. Some proposals have been suggested for towers that would extend beyond 200 stories. It is their hope that a new, more efficient structural type may assist in making these buildings economically feasible.

Subject Headings: Building systems | Structural systems | Historic buildings | Structural design | Economic factors | Aesthetics | Urban development | High-rise buildings

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