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Kheir Al-Kodmany

Professor, Urban Planning and Policy

Department of Urban Planning and Policy


237 CUPPA Hall, MC 348


412 S Peoria St., Suite 237


Office Phone Voice:

(312) 413-3884


Kheir Al-Kodmany is a Professor of Spatial Planning and Urban Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His research and teaching cover a wide-spectrum of topics, including vertical urbanism, sustainable design, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), visualization systems, public participation, crowd management and economic development. He has published over 100 articles and five books, taught at UIC for 22 years and UIUC for five years, and worked for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

Selected Publications


Al-Kodmany, K. (2017). Understanding Tall Buildings: A Theory of Placemaking. New York, NY: Routledge. 270 pages.

Al-Kodmany, K. (2016). New Suburbanism: Sustainable Tall Building Development. New York, NY: Routledge. 308 pages.

Al-Kodmany, K. (2015). Eco-Towers: Sustainable Cities in the Sky. Southampton, UK: WIT Press. 500 pages.

Al-Kodmany, K. and Ali, Mir. (2013). The Future of the City: Tall Buildings and Urban Design. WIT Press: Southampton, UK. 445 pages.



Al-Kodmany, K. (2013). “Crowd Management and Urban Design: New Scientific Approaches.” The Journal of Urban Design International. Vol. 18, No.4, pp. 282–295.

Al-Kodmany, K. (2012). “Utilizing GIS in Nonprofit Organizations for Urban Planning Applications: Experiences from the Field,” Journal of Geographic Information Systems, Vol. 4, No. 4, pp. 279-297.

Al-Kodmany, K. (2012). “The Logic of Vertical Density: Tall Buildings in the 21st Century City,” International Journal of High-Rise Buildings. Vol. 1, No 2, pp. 131-148.

Al-Kodmany, K. (2011). “Tall Buildings, Design, and Technology: Visions for the Twenty-First Century City.” The Journal of Urban Technology, 18, No 3, pp. 113-138.

Al-Kodmany, K. (2011). “Planning for Safety: The Case of Stoning of the Devil in Hajj.” The Journal of Architectural and Planning Research. Vol. 28, No.1, pp. 28-44.

Al-Kodmany, K. (2009). “Planning for the Hajj: Political Power, Pragmatism, and GIS.” Journal of Urban Technology, 16, No. 1.  August, pp. 4-45.

Al-Kodmany, K. (2002). “Visualization Tools and Methods in Community Planning: From Freehand Sketches to Virtual Reality.” Journal of Planning Literature.  Volume 17, No. 2, pp.189-211.

Al-Kodmany, K. (2001). “Supporting Imageability on the World Wide Web (WWW): Lynch’s Five Elements of the City in Community Planning.”  Journal of Planning and Environment B: Planning and Design.  28, pp. 805-832.

Al-Kodmany, K. (2001). “Bridging the Gap between Technical and Local Knowledge: Tools for Promoting Community-Based Planning and Design.”  Journal of Architecture and Planning Research. Vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 110-130.