high-rise buildings

The mangled remains of a residential tower after it collapsed in Florida.

The Problem With Miami Beach's High-Rises

Last year's Miami Beach condo collapse could portend more tragedy to come if developers don't address the risks of aging buildings and climate change.

February 7, 2022 - The New York Times

Pigeons on the Empire State Building, New York City, USA.

Saving Birds By Design

Reflective glass high-rises kill millions of birds each year, but bird-friendly design can save birds and reduce energy consumption.

January 6, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

Orenco Station

Opinion: Upzoning Isn't Just for Major Streets

The practice of limiting high-density development to busy arterial streets puts renters and low-income households at higher risk for the effects of air and noise pollution created on major roads.

December 15, 2021 - Slate

An image of the Raleigh skyline, with older residential buildings in the foreground and taller commercial buildings in the background.

Study: Low-Rise Density Is Better for the Climate

New research analyzing carbon emissions throughout the life cycle of buildings shows that high-rises create more carbon emissions than dense, low-rise developments.

November 9, 2021 - The Conversation

San Francisco Street

Opinion: High-Rises Won't Sink San Francisco

The weight of large buildings may not be a major threat to coastal cities, despite recent claims.

March 16, 2021 - San Francisco Chronicle

Observation Deck

10 Great Places to Get High—As in Views of the City

Every U.S. city has high rises, but not all are created for tourists looking for great views. An L.A. County planner describes ten of his favorite towers for lofty views.

April 27, 2018 - UrbDeZine

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