"I am particularly interested in the public role all
(tall) buildings play, I believe we architects should
try to go beyond our basic obligations to the public,
and our opportunities to do so are many!
The idea has been around since the first skyscrapers were built in the late 1880 but have only just now been gaining traction in the building community. When a tall building is constructed floor plate after floor plate is constructed one on top of another at this creates isolation for the occupants of each floor. Employees of Sears back in the 1970s quickly realized this problem when they were unable to see colleagues they used to work with on regular basis. Modern buildings have only started to investigate mixing programs with a single tower, But the problem with isolation needs into drastic approach one wear floors are broken and easily reached from one another. With this approach, more creativity with sauce can be explored and hopefully spack new ideas to improve upon with lady been started.
The city within a city is a model of building resurrected from Rome and Trajan's forum. Usually associated with skyscrapers, the city within a city is a development where space is used very efficiently to include a large number of programs of different functions, like residential, office, and education. Albany, NY is the location of one such city within a city. The state government built a large plateau that contains underground parking and roads, with large high-rise buildings that contain vast amounts of office space, a museum, and meeting space. A massive open-air plaza connects all these spaces together.
The compact city is a relatively recent concept in the discourses of urbanism. Many attribute the idea to Jane Jacobs and her seminal work The Death and Life of Great American Cities, The 'MODERNIST CITY' which argues for dense and diverse urban centers.