Tall-Building Experts: No Easy Path to Truly Sustainable Supertowers - News - Greensource Magazine

Tall-building boosters, expecting 7.3 billion people to be living in cities by 2050, are struggling to make urban skyscrapers more sustainable. They agree that the road to true greening is not an easy one. Photo by Nicky Almasy If done in 2015 as expected, Shanghai Tower (center), on its way to 632 m, would rank as the world's second-tallest skyscraper. ----- Advertising ----- "We will likely get there in 50 or 60 years," predicted Timothy Johnson, chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat, at CTBUH 2012, held on Sept. 19-21 in Shanghai. Johnson, a design partner in the New York City office of architect NBBJ, estimates that by 2060-70, skyscrapers will not only produce more energy than they use, they will produce food. CTBUH named its ninth world congress "Asia Ascending: The Age of the Sustainable Skyscraper City." But tall-building experts from all sector...

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