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Jan Klerks
CTBUH Research & Communications Manager, Chicago, USA.
“Skyscraper Policies: Shaping a Tall Building Framework Through Planning and Zoning.”

This is a presentation of international comparative studies on the role and responsibilities of city governments in tall building development. It discusses the framework created by the local planning authorities in which tall buildings are designed and developed, and which boundaries are shaped by national building codes, local regulations, ambitions, incentives, context, culture, economics and politics. It reviews both the individual and public qualities of the tall building and the qualities and merits of tall buildings in the city as a whole.



Jan Klerks is the Research & Communications Manager of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. In this position he is responsible for the creating knowledge on tall buildings by initiating and conducting scientific research, editing books about this topic and by writing articles and reviews.  Mr. Klerks graduated from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where he obtained master degrees in economics and sociology. For his final thesis Mr. Klerks did research on high-rise living in Rotterdam. Before moving to Chicago, Mr. Klerks was self employed and commissioned to act as Executive Director of the Dutch Council on Tall Buildings, an active local sister organizations of the CTBUH. In this position, he was responsible for organizing conferences, publishing newsletters, conducting study projects, supporting high-rise related activities and maintaining the professional network in the Netherlands.

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