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CTBUH NYC Young Professionals Committee:
Spring Social at BIG
March 16, 2016
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NEW YORK CITY – The annual CTBUH Young Professionals Committee (YPC) Spring Social event, which was hosted by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group at its New York Office, took place on April 7. The event reached its maximum capacity with participation by over 50 Young Professionals working in the industry all around the city. 
YPC Steering Committee Member David Brown, Senior Architect at BIG, welcomed the attendees. Following Brown, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Partner, BIG, offered a brief introduction. He talked about his involvement with CTBUH and the growth of BIG in New York over the last few years, describing the projects that made this expansion possible. 

The event kicked off in earnest with an hour of socializing and networking . This was followed by several presentations by BIG designers, who shared some technical information about projects that they are working to realize along with opinions and curiosities about cutting edge tasks. All of the event’s featured projects have a unifying theme of introducing green spaces to developments of every scale. Each project presentation was followed by questions from the audience. 
Welcome at Bjarke Ingels Group's New York Office for the CTBUH NYC Young Professionals Committee's annual Spring Soical 2016.
Carolien Schippers , Designer, BIG, introduced The Spiral, a 1,005-foot-tall (306-meter) high-rise building developed by Tishman Speyer. The concept for the tower is to vertically extend the nearby High Line. A spiral garden develops all around the building, with terraces accessible from all the stories. As a result, The Spiral connects the horizontal green environment of the High Line to the vertical skyline of NYC.

The event continued with a presentation by BIG Project Leader Leon Rost, who described the design performed for Google Campus 2.0 in Mountain View, California. The Project features a large canopy roof structure and a series of terraced office floors that sit on top of amenity spaces. Interspersed courtyards are conceived to bring a green environment and natural views to people working at their desks. The architecture aspires to recall the atmosphere of the Chelsea Market in Manhattan, with warm lights for late workers.
Over 50 Young Professionals working in the industry attended the presentations at the Social.
The third speaker, Ute Rinnebach, Project Manager, BIG, focused on the design of 2 World Trade Center. The tower features a series of stepped blocks that create a variety of floor plan typologies designed to cater to the needs of a variety of clients. Long span side core plates are planned to accommodate Media/Trading Companies at the lower segment of the building, while more typical layouts for office areas are designed at the top. The blocks are aligned towards the 9/11 Memorial to create unity with the other World Trade Center towers. A different choice has been made at the opposite elevation, where the blocks themselves step alternately out and in to break down the scale of the tower to match the smaller scale of the neighborhood to the north.

BIG Project Manager Chris White presented the last project shown at the Spring Social, King Street West in Toronto. Inspired by Moshe Safdie’s Habitat ’67, the building features a pixilated, terracing rooftop to create outdoor spaces for the tenants.  The building also includes a publicly accessible courtyard, which aspires to create a new network of public green spaces with the surrounding parks and laneways.
From left-right: YPC Co-Chair Hardik Doshi, Engineer, McNamara Salvia, BIG Team: Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Partner; David Brown, Senior Architect; and Carolien Schippers, Designer, introduce the event to attendees.
The CTBUH YPC Spring Social 2016 event began with an hour of socializing and networking for the CTBUH YPC members followed by several presentations by BIG Designers about current projects.
During the two-hour event, group discussions followed each of the four presentations with great participation by the audience. Questions and observations generated interesting discussions pertaining to unique project design requirements and constraints.

The event was a success for the CTBUH YPC, which continues to pursue its aim to connect the local design community and bring interesting topics of discussion into the spotlight. CTBUH YPC would like to thank Bjarke Ingels Group – in particular Kai-Uwe Bergmann and David Brown – for hosting and sponsoring the Spring Social event. The YPC also wants to thank all the speakers – Carolien Shippers, Leon Rost, Ute Rinnebach, and Chris White – for sharing technical knowledge about their fascinating projects.

The event was organized by Young Professionals Committee  Co-Chairs Hardik Doshi, Engineer, McNamara Salvia, and Ilkay Can-Standard, Architect, KPF, with YPC Steering Committee Members Michelle Reolfs, Senior Engineer, Arup; Larry Giannechini, Senior Engineer, Thornton Tomasetti; Elizabeth Geldres, Architect, Rafael Viñoly Architects; and Valeria Postorino, Engineer, Werner Sobek.