Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Granting Department

Architecture and Community Design

Major Professor

Daniel Powers, M. Arch.


High Rise, Sustainability, Sociology, Vegetation, Tropical


Throughout multiple dense, tropical, urban contexts, high rise residential environments have created a sense of social detachment, where public and private green spaces do not often exist. It is through these varieties of green spaces that social interaction is encouraged, and without these social activities taking place, this vertical community becomes almost a meaningless entity within the urban realm. The issue being addressed within this thesis is the scarcity of public and private green spaces within our high density tropical urban fabrics that help to create a sense of community. The majority of dense urban settings that we inhabit today do not include the resources of easily accessible public and private green spaces for the majority of their dwellers. According to the Trust for Public Land organization, the average dense urban setting contains less than ten percent green space for every seventy thousand acres of land use.

The goal of this project is to architecturally create an innovative residential high rise design by incorporating public and private green spaces throughout its structure, circulation, and tropical design elements. The design will begin to encourage interaction and promote a more cohesive living environment amongst its users. The design project will incorporate and deal with topical/ecological issues as well as sociological matters throughout the design process. Through this approach, by answering some of the imperative questions such as, how will community life be encouraged, how can we incorporate natural vegetation within a vertical context and how can we implement sustainable vii systems, the possibility of multiple, properly proportioned public and private green spaces will begin to push forward the ideas that are being addressed throughout this thesis.

The constructive effects of such an articulated architectural contribution to a dense tropical urban setting will include improvements to physical and psychological health, social communal advancement, ecosystem development, as well as biodiversity systems. The important outcome of this architectural advancement in residential high rise design will be to improve the vertical community through the variety of incorporated communal and private green spaces as it begins to set precedence for future existing context in communal growth.