Building height regulation: is it still relevant for the 21st century city?

Dalia Dijokiene, Inesa Alistratovaite-Kurtinaitiene, Matas Cirtautas

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In many Western countries the regulation of the city skyline and high-rises is already well established, while east European countries are still undergoing early capitalism processes, with tensions surrounding the dimension of values. What should dominate the city skyline: towers of old town churches or 21st century skyscrapers? During the past five years, the authors of the article have carried out several research projects tasked with identifying in the new built-up formation an optimal relation between the new and historic centres of Vilnius. In this paper the authors present the applied methods of modelling and assessment of height parameters. Each research project was unique and needed a tailor-made research methodology, depending on the analysed parameters. In principle the following questions had to be answered: 1) does the future object cohere with the characteristics of the existing urban structure; 2) how the height parameters of the future building relate to the neighbouring valuable historical parts of the town and how they affect the latter. It has been noted that such research projects help to form the character of individual urban parts and to preserve an optimal relation among them within the town’s overall image.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual Conference Proceedings of the XXVIII International Seminar on Urban Form
Subtitle of host publication"Urban Form and the Sustainable and Prosperous City"
Place of PublicationGlasgow
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2022


  • building height regulation
  • city skyline
  • high-rise buildings
  • urban design
  • Vilnius


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