About the Book
Population increases, advances in technology and the continued trend towards inner-city migration have transformed the traditional city of spaces into the modern city of objects. This has necessitated alternative spatial and technological solutions to replenish those environments that were once so intrinsic to society’s day-to-day interactions and communal activities.
This book considers skycourts and skygardens as ‘alternative social spaces’ that form part of a broader multi-level urban infrastructure – seeking to make good the loss of open space within the built environment. Jason Pomeroy begins the discussion with the decline of the public realm, and how the semi-public realm has been incorporated into a spatial hierarchy that supports the primary figurative spaces on the ground or, in their absence, creates them in the sky. He then considers skycourts and skygardens in terms of the social, cultural, economic, environmental, technological and spatial benefits that they provide to the urban habitat. Pomeroy concludes by advocating a new hybrid that can harness the social characteristics of the public domain, but be placed within buildings as an alternative communal space for the 21st century.
Using graphics and full color images throughout, the author explores 40 current and upcoming skycourt and skygarden projects from around the world, including the Shard (London), Marina Bay Sands (Singapore), the Shanghai Tower (China) and the Lotte Tower (South Korea).
About the Author
Jason Pomeroy is an award-winning architect, masterplanner and academic at the forefront of the sustainable built environment agenda. He graduated with distinction from the Canterbury School of Architecture and Cambridge University, and is the founding Principal of Pomeroy Studio. He provides the direction of the Studio’s creative output and research program. In addition to leading Pomeroy Studio, he lectures internationally and publishes widely, and is the author of Idea House: Future Tropical Living Today. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Nottingham, and Visiting Faculty to a number of other institutions. He also sits on the editorial board of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
The talk and book signing will take place at the Sir Clive Granger Building, A48 Lecture Theatre, at the University of Nottingham.
Greening the urban habitat
Population increases, advances in technology and the continued trend towards inner-city migration have transformed the traditional city of spaces into the modern city of objects. This has necessitated alternative spatial and technological solutions to replenish those environments that were once so...
Published December 16th 2013 by Routledge