Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat — “Three Points for the Residential High-Rise: Designing for Social Connectivity”

Jeanne Gang

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s International Journal of High-Rise Buildings 5, no. 2 (June)



Social connectivity in tall buildings is becoming ever more important as the millennial generation comes of age and moves into urban areas.

Highly social and comfortable with sharing, millennials are already radically altering the demographics of our cities, transforming many established aspects of urban living.

"Millennials are the social generation. They’re the founders of the social media movement—constantly connected to their social circles via online and mobile. They prefer to live in dense, diverse urban villages where social interaction is just outside their front doors.”

—Nielsen, “Millennials—breaking the myths”

Through design research, Studio Gang has developed three simple points for residential high-rise design that specifically address the need for social connectivity—strategies that the Studio has termed: “exo-spatial design,” “solar carving,” and “bridging.”

By sharing these strategies, the Studio hopes to offer tools that architects can deploy to make tall buildings more socially connected and responsive to the urban environments in which they are built—and in doing so address the public’s ongoing concerns about the tall building typology while also responding to this uniquely social generation’s desires for cities today.