The Urban Ecology of Tall Buildings

  • Leonard I. Ruchelman


Ecology can be defined as the study of the relationships among objects and organisms within an environment. It is the study not of the creatures and objects themselves, but rather of the relationships among them and the functions they perform in their setting (Burgess, 1925; Hoyt, 1939; Harris and Ullman, 1945). Using ecological reasoning as a framework, buildings must be viewed not only as products in their own right, but as integral parts of the larger urban environment. To a greater extent than ever before, buildings are being judged not only in terms of their individual design and utility, but also on the basis of whether or not they are good neighbors.


Central Business District Tall Building Neighborhood Resident Parking Garage Street Life 
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