The global population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, with an estimated 6.3 billion of those people living in cities. This has led many urban planners and developers to conclude that tall buildings will be the only way to meet the expected demand.

However, the impact of tall buildings on the public realm is a key issue due to the buildings’ size and scale. Special attention must be paid to the way they alter the urban landscape and relate to their surroundings. Designers can become so concerned with the image of the building…