Vertical Urban Theory
About the course
Population increase, advances in technology, and the continued trend towards inner city migration through economic progress has transformed the traditional city of spaces into the modern, high rise city of objects. This course considers the skycourt and skygarden in terms of their social, economic, environmental, cultural, technological and spatial contribution to the urban habitat. It will demonstrate how the decline of the public realm has yielded the need for alternative social spaces, and how the skycourt and skygarden form part of a broader urban vocabulary alongside the street, the square and arcade. Exemplar case studies from around the globe provide a further prompt for thinking as to how such spaces will evolve in the future as an integral part of building design; and thus a typology that straddles, urbanism, landscape and architecture disciplines.