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Tall buildings are a fact of urban life. Influenced by building codes, engineering and profitability, their design is often predictable. Behind the glittering skylines, generic high-rises–responsive neither to climate nor culture–now dominate many of the world's cities.

This exhibition displays work from Harvard Graduate School of Design students who were challenged to conceive of a skyscraper that generates at least as much power as it consumes. Class visits to Dubai and Shenzhen (prior to the COVID-19 lockdown) focused on environmentally friendly local building methods and passive energy solutions that could inspire supersized solutions for tall buildings.

Harvard GSD Zero Energy Residential High-Rise Studio

Ali M. Malkawi, PhD
Professor, Architectural Technology
Founding Director, Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities

Gordon Gill, FAIA
Partner, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

This exhibit is presented by Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities Harvard Graduate School of Design