Studies of compact cities have evolved along with the rising awareness of climate change and sustainable development. Relevant debates, however, reveal that the prevailing definitions and practices of compact cities are tied primarily to traditional Western urban forms.

This book reinterprets "compact city", and develops a ground-breaking discourse of "Vertical Urbanism", a concept that has never been critically articulated. It emphasizes "Vertical Urbanism" as a dynamic design strategy instead of a static form, distinguishing it from the stereotyped concept of "vertical city" or "towers in the park" dominant in China and elsewhere, and suggests its adaptability to different geographic and cultural contexts. Using Chinese cities as laboratories of investigation, this book explores the design, ecological, and sociocultural dimensions of building compact cities, and addresses important global urban issues through localized design solutions, such as the relationship between density and vitality, the integration of horizontal and vertical dimensions of design, and the ecological and social adaptability of combinatory mega-forms. In addition, through discussions with scholars from the United States, China, and Japan, this book provides an insight into the theoretical debates surrounding "compact city" and "Vertical Urbanism" in the global context.

Scholars and students in architecture and urban planning will be attracted by this book. Also, it will appeal to readers with an interest in urban development and Asian studies.

part I|70 pages

Framing the discourse of Vertical Urbanism

chapter 1|16 pages

Vertical Urbanism

Re-conceptualizing the compact city
ByZhongjie Lin

chapter 2|14 pages

When New Urbanism gets old

Cultural difference in global city design
ByJosé L. S. Gámez

chapter 3|10 pages

Hong Kong’s transit-oriented podium-tower development

ByStefan Al

chapter 4|13 pages

City without landmark

The Soft City for the ageing society
ByDong Yao

chapter 5|15 pages

From Manhattan-ism to Bigness

Reconsidering an alternative urbanism of Rem Koolhaas
ByLiyang Ding

part II|75 pages

Urban design and transformation of Chinese cities

chapter 6|10 pages

The city after the city

ByMichael Sorkin

chapter 7|11 pages

Urban regeneration and public space making

Case study of urban design for the North Bund in Shanghai
ByYi Wang

chapter 8|14 pages

Urbanism in a skyscraper

A study of vertical malls in Hong Kong
ByZheng Tan

chapter 10|12 pages

Restoring hydrophilic cities

Strategies of urban waterfront space classification and design in Suzhou
ByFang Zhang, Xi Zhou

chapter 11|13 pages

Vertical development and urban design

The Jiefangbei experience
ByZhen Yang

part III|89 pages

Compact city and Eco-city

chapter 12|21 pages

Performance-based model

ByPerry Pei-Ju Yang, Yihan Wu, Zhikai Peng, Lisha Li, Michael Tobey, Yoshiki Yamagata

chapter 13|19 pages

Compact development in Hong Kong

ByJun Hou, Yan Song

chapter 14|21 pages

Spatial metrics of urban form

Measuring compact cities in China
ByChenghe Guan

chapter 15|11 pages

Eco-city planning in China

A review of policies and cases 2009–2015
ByRuoxi Zhang, Bingxu Gao

chapter 16|15 pages

Living off the ground

Cautionary tales from a small island
ByDavid Walters

part IV|36 pages

Expanding pedagogical territory

chapter 17|10 pages

Experiencing the compact city

A pedagogy of global engagement
ByChristopher Jarrett

chapter 18|8 pages

Suzhou Industrial Park high-speed rail station business district

ByZhongjie Lin, José L. S. Gámez

chapter 19|7 pages

Redevelopment of Xiangmen area in the historic center of Suzhou

ByZhongjie Lin, José L. S. Gámez

chapter 20|9 pages

Wuyuan Bay waterfront redevelopment in Xiamen

ByZhongjie Lin, José L. S. Gámez