Comment on: Skyline: five demands for London
Hong Kong is a good example of how to manage tall buildings at the urban scale. for example Hong Kong has developed an urban scale climate map (Ren et al, 2010), that allows likely urban climate outcomes to be evaluated – this type of coherent planning document is needed for London – but so far the energy implications – impact on the local climate effect and surrounding infrastructure - in this skyline debate is being completely overlooked… this not for want of trying!
Dr Julie Futcher - architect
Not all tall buildings are bad - in fact in the right place they can be extremely useful, but more often than not they cause more problems than they solve; We are trying to get the effects of tall buildings on the surrounding setting to be considered - but this is proving hard work, as many dismiss the outcomes of tall buildings on the environment as limited and issues around energy management can be resolved through the application of technology.. Tall buildings have a significant and direct impact on their surroundings – we are trying to open the debate to include these interdependent energy/thermal relationships…
there are significant energy implication on the surrounding setting that will be as direct result of these towers. In brief, these energy effects include changes to the micro-climate and changes in the energy management of the surrounding low lying buildings… whilst all these effects might not be bad, these effects are little considered - and regardless of all other issues (i quite like the look of some of them) in terms of energy management and sustainable development – without proper control these buildings will become ‘selfish giants’