The module starts with an historical overview of the evolution and development of large-scale buildings globally. It proceeds with an outline of diverse typologies of mega-buildings, introducing innovative functions that provide creative places for the community including recreational, commercial, and educational facilities amongst other multi-functional typologies of large-scale buildings. The module provides an appreciation of the implication of large buildings upon the urban context and the city skyline, and those of function on form and aesthetics of the building. It identifies the complex relationship between large-scale buildings and the physical, environmental and cultural attributes of its context. Different spatial planning and fit-out strategies of large-scale buildings are explored in diverse case studies as well as pedestrian circulation issues.
The module aims to establish the foundation for understanding the key concepts, principles and methodological perspectives of planning and designing sustainable mega-buildings.