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Why skyscrapers after Covid-19?

Richard Smith Orcid Logo

Futures, Volume: 134, Start page: 102839

Swansea University Author: Richard Smith Orcid Logo

  • Accepted Manuscript under embargo until: 20th September 2023

Abstract

Globalization’s need for global cities with highly concentrated financial districts is discussed to explain how the Covid-19 pandemic will paradoxically only serve to make the world’s leading global cities more essential, valuable, and demanding of skyscrapers than ever before. Financial and corpora...

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Published in: Futures
ISSN: 0016-3287
Published: Elsevier BV 2021
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa58000
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Abstract: Globalization’s need for global cities with highly concentrated financial districts is discussed to explain how the Covid-19 pandemic will paradoxically only serve to make the world’s leading global cities more essential, valuable, and demanding of skyscrapers than ever before. Financial and corporate service firms cannot only be digitally based because they also require face-to-face interaction, collaboration, and joint-production within themselves, and between one another, in the most connected global cities to effectively function as competitive businesses. However, after Covid-19 advanced service firms will only not practice remote working where and when they must; so that in-place face-to-face interactions with colleagues and clients will be overwhelmingly only concentrated in the skyscraper-laden financial districts of the world’s leading global cities. The future of commercial and luxury residential skyscrapers in the world’s leading global cities can be said to be secure because the impact of Covid-19 on enhancing the centrality of these few highly connected and super-wealthy cities in globalization is both understandable and predictable; skyscrapers elsewhere in the Global North or South will struggle to remain viable as firms increasingly decentralise the work of their staff away from city centre offices.
Keywords: Skyscrapers; Covid-19; Pandemic; Globalization; Global cities; Financial districts
College: Faculty of Science and Engineering
Start Page: 102839