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Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane
30 October–3 November 2017

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"CTBUH conferences are THE tall building / urban conferences to attend, for learning of the latest advances in the typology, for considering the future of sustainable cities, and for business networking. We strongly encourage your attendance at this year's event…"

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Conference Synopsis

The future of humanity on this planet relies on the collective benefits of urban density; reducing both land consumption and the energy needed to construct and operate the horizontally dispersed city. Tall buildings must now be the vehicles for creating increased density not just through sheer height, but by connecting multiple layers of the city. Physical urban infrastructure, circulation, greenery, and urban functions traditionally restricted to the ground level would all, ideally, continue up and into the building, such that the buildings themselves become an extension of the city: a part of the two-dimensional horizontal urban plane flipped vertical.

The CTBUH 2017 Conference will thus be inquiring far beyond the tall building as icon, to debate a new set of guidelines and responsibilities toward skyscrapers becoming “connectors” in the city. The discussion will embrace every discipline, from urban planning to cost consulting, architectural design to vertical transportation, real estate development to curtain wall design. Sydney, a city with a 230-year history in urban development, finds itself at the nexus of much of the current debate about cities: density vs. suburbanization; modernity vs. historical preservation; infrastructure vs. urban life; the high- vs. low-rise realms. With its breathtaking combination of harbor, skyline, and opera house as a backdrop, and the famous Antipodean welcoming charm of its people, there is no better place for this debate at this specific time than Sydney.

Of course, no CTBUH conference in Australia would be complete without considering Melbourne or Brisbane, the country’s other premier urban laboratories. Thus, the fourth and fifth day of the conference will comprise regional programming in those cities. There, three half-day segments will focus on unique themes, encompassing expansive tours, site visits, and technical demonstrations. Join us south of the equator this year for the CTBUH 2017 Conference, for a truly global gathering to debate what the future holds for tall buildings and urban density.

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Previous CTBUH Conference Presentations:

Santiago Calatrava
Founder, Santiago Calatrava Architects & Engineers
Turning Torso, Malmo

Jean Nouvel
Architect, Ateliers Jean Nouvel
The White Walls, Nicosia

Carol Willis
President, The Skyscraper Museum
The Logic of Luxury

Irvine Sellar
Founder, Sellar Property Group
Europe's Tallest: The Shard

Bruce McDonald & Christoph Ingenhoven
DEXUS Property Group & ingenhoven architects
1 Bligh Street: Engaging the Environment

Dr. Cheong Koon Hean
CEO, Housing and Development Board
Shaping Singapore

Rem Koolhaas
Founding Partner, OMA
CCTV Headquarters, Beijing

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