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In urbanism, verticalization is the rapid increase of inner city apartment high-rise buildings, resulting in the development of "vertical" city parts and urban densification.[1]

Although both verticalization and densification processes in cities can provide several advantages, such modifications in the urban landscape were implemented extremely fast, especially after the Second World War.[2]

In order to increase densities, urban housing policies encouraged new forms of vertical building.[3] The process of verticalization is also related to consumer culture and symbols of power.[4]


  1. ^ Thung, Tanja Michaela (2009). Vertikalisierung im brasilianischen Wohnungsbau : Analyse von innerstädtischen Hochhaus-Quartieren in Goiânia. Dissertation.
  2. ^ Krüger, Eduardo; Suga, Mauro (2009). Recommendations of Height Restrictions for Urban Canyons in Curitiba, Brazil.
  3. ^ Burgess, Rod (1992). Latin America urban housing Policies in the modernization period. In: Carmona, Marisa. Urban restructuring and deregulations in Latin America.
  4. ^ Machado, JR; Méndes, CM. (2003). O processo de verticalização do centro de Maringá-PR, Brasil[permanent dead link].