Steel and Skyscrapers: A Productive History and a Sustainable Future

Shelley C. Finnigan, Jean Claude Gerardy, Nicoleta Popa, Dario Trabucco

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This research aims to demonstrate recent developments in the partnership between steel and skyscrapers. It highlights steel’s sustainability characteristics and explores the impact that the material and its supply chain have on the complete life cycle analysis of a building. The study summarizes climate-action initiatives in the steel production industry, recognizing how responsible producers are striving to reduce the carbon impact of this reliable structural material. It explores the material’s influence on design and construction efficiencies, alerting designers to a selection of the latest innovations in specifications, design methods, and evaluation ideologies. The overarching goal of this research is to unlock creativity in the design community by presenting experts with a summary of new ideas on how to create sustainable, cost-effective, optimized buildings for the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-35
Number of pages8
JournalCTBUH Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2019


  • History
  • Skyscrapers
  • Steel
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Urban Studies


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