TECHNE 17 (2019): Horizontality/verticality in architecture
Essays and Viewpoint

The chinese ‘high and slender’ condominium

Luca Maria Francesco Fabris
Dipartimento di Architettura e Studi Urbani, Politecnico di Milano, Italia
Gerardo Semprebon
Dipartimento di Architettura e Studi Urbani, Politecnico di Milano, Italia e Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Cina
Published January 17, 2019
Keywords
  • China,
  • Urbanism
How to Cite
Fabris, L. M. F., & Semprebon, G. (2019). The chinese ‘high and slender’ condominium. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (17), 100-109. https://doi.org/10.13128/Techne-23892

Abstract

The vertical dimension in the urban structure of Chinese megacities is the unique key that has allowed to cluster millions of people in highly concentrated areas. The exponential growth of Chinese cities since the ‘80s of the last century has been possible thanks to social and land policies in support of urbanism developed through models of constructions that have favored the vertical dimension alone. The essay, after having retraced the history of vertical urbanization in the Chinese metropolis, puts a critical emphasis on the typology of the Chinese condominium.

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