Biography
Prof. Kheir Al-Kodmany
Prof. Kheir Al-Kodmany
University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Title: The Vertical City: A Sustainable Development Paradigm
Abstract: 
By using extensive data and numerous illustrations, this paper provides a comprehensive guide to the successful and sustainable integration of tall buildings into cities. A new crop of skyscrapers that employ passive design strategies, green technologies, energy-saving systems, and innovative renewable energy offers significant architectural improvements. At the urban scale, the paper argues that planners must integrate tall buildings with efficient mass transit, walkable neighborhoods, cycling networks, vibrant mixed-use activities, iconic transit stations, attractive plazas, well-landscaped streets, spacious parks and engaging public art. Particularly, it proposes the Tall Building and Transit Oriented Development (TB-TOD) model as one of the sustainable options for large cities going forward.