The AJ's tall buildings conference, 'Tall Storeys?', is sold out and those who have not already reserved their place will have to wait for the detailed fourpage report in the AJ in a fortnight (24 May).
During the past decade there has been a perceptible switch in emphasis and the skyscraper is now seen as a sustainable form. Following the development of Ken Yeang's bio-climatic tower concept and Bill Dunster's speculative Flower Tower (above), the spatial efficiency of high-rise developments is now accepted as an opportunity to promote dense urban living.
But can skyscrapers be designed to be both aesthetically pleasing from a distance and also to be functional up close? The conference provides a unique opportunity to listen to those proposing, and blocking, high-rise developments.
Highlights of the event will include London mayor Ken Livingstone giving his views on relaxing restrictions on the development of tall buildings in the capital, and a talk from Renzo Piano on the methods for ensuring that a tall building remains in context with the urban environment.