Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Tall Buildings: Singapore in the Context of Global Development
June 22, 2016
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SINGAPORE – Kindly hosted and sponsored by CapitaLand in the setting of the Capital Tower auditorium, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) and the National University of Singapore held a discussion forum that took a critical look at the past, present, and future of skyscrapers in Singapore.

As over 200 guests in attendance took their seats following the networking session, complete with a generous spread of refreshments, Poon Hin Kong, Deputy Chief Development Officer, Asia and Head of Design Management at CapitaLand Limited provided an opening welcome and introduction for the speaker of the evening, CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood.

Attendees socialize as they pick up their name badges. Over 200 guests were in attendance.

Lauded around the world as a premier location for commerce and global transport, Singapore – perhaps primary of all urban centers – has managed to resolve the intensity of its economic rise with the physical limitations of its restricted island geography, in the form of a vibrant and connected urban fabric. The tall building has become a critical tool for urban development, but the question remains as to how the city-state can implement these projects with due regard for local economic, cultural, and environmental realities. Addressing these uncertainties, Wood helped to frame the local tall building phenomenon with respect to global trends in vertical urbanism and offered a series of design principles to help inform a bright high-rise future.
The presentation took place in the near-full Capital Tower auditorium.
By pulling out some of the key findings from the 2015 Tall Building Year in Review data study, Wood highlighted the tremendous number of tall buildings completed in Asia during 2015. From a total of 106 buildings over 200 meters completed globally throughout the year, Asia was responsible for an astounding 81 (76%). Honing in on Singapore specifically, he noted a resurgence of skyscraper activity that has seen a relatively stable number of completions year-over-year, with an average of three 200-meter-plus buildings completed annually since 2010.
After summing up the current state of affairs, Wood moved into a discussion of the future, calling for an approach to tall building development that prioritizes regional considerations over the adoption of a global template. The latter scenario, he argued, has already been occurring in cities across the globe, the results of which are easily observed in their homogenized skylines.

“We must consider a regionalist approach to tall building design, where towers in Singapore function every bit as well as those in Seattle or Sydney in commercial and energy terms, but are the products of a local vernacular, a local response,” Wood declared. “The way forward is in the direct and very practical response to a set of local conditions, which is the very basis on which vernacular architecture has evolved for thousands of years.”
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood spoke on the local tall building phenomenon and global trends in vertical urbanism.
Weaved into the discussion were clear nods to Singapore’s architectural accomplishments to date. The abundance of high-rises adorned with greenery – as mandated by the government for new construction – is commendable, and has resulted in the recognition of several local projects as part of the annual CTBUH Tall Building Awards. PARKROYAL on Pickering, for instance, has been recognized twice for its vegetative and social elements: first, as a 2013 Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia Finalist, and second, as the 2015 Urban Habitat Award Winner. From this and many more forward-looking tall buildings coming to fruition throughout the city-state, it would seem that Singapore is uniquely situated to explore entirely new high-rise typologies, making this the perfect time and place for the above discussion.

The event was accredited and supported by the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) and qualifying attendees received 4 CPD credit points.
A networking session preceded the presentation, complete with a generous spread of refreshments.
Loo Kok Hoo A-Code Architects
Ang Kong Siong Tony Aedas
Eugene Seow Aedas
Ian Wigmore Aedas
Loke Mun Wai Andrew Aedas
Ng Boon Chuong Aedas
Peter Engstrom Aedas
Steven Thor Ewe Hock Aedas
John Ting AIM & Associates
Lee Nam Sang Archi Environ Partnership
Steven Chen Zhi-Huang Architects Project Group
Mr. Ho Kwoncjan Banyantree Resorts and Spas Thialand
Alan Chew CapitaLand Limited
Alice Tse CapitaLand Limited
Alvin Foong CapitaLand Limited
Choo Kim Seng CapitaLand Limited
Eng Tiang Wah CapitaLand Limited
Goh Kok Wee CapitaLand Limited
Gregory Chua CapitaLand Limited
James Ma CapitaLand Limited
Khor Chingwei CapitaLand Limited
Lee Hay Keong CapitaLand Limited
Lee Jia Liang CapitaLand Limited
Leon Lim CapitaLand Limited
Lui Chue Hong CapitaLand Limited
Poon Hin Kong CapitaLand Limited
Raymond Tsnag CapitaLand Limited
Rudi Lee CapitaLand Limited
Sasaki Jungo CapitaLand Limited
Therese Lee CapitaLand Limited
Anthony Chia CDL
Kelly Tan CDL
Steven Leow CDL
Chan Yat Weng Concepts Design Architects
Cheong Yew Kee CPG Consultants
Porndee Chua CPG Consultants
Tan Kheng Lim Ronald CPG Consultants
Tang Kai Vern CPG Consultants
Tansri Muliani CTBUH
Antony Wood CTBUH, Executive Director
Chan Sui Him DP Architects
Chua Toon Ming DP Architects
Diong Fuhan DP Architects
Elaine Thian DP Architects
Goh Soh Mui DP Architects
Harvey Lukman DP Architects
Lai Wai Heng DP Architects
Lim Hui Min Emily DP Architects
Lim Su Ching DP Architects
Lok Lee Teng DP Architects
Low Si Ni DP Architects
May Chan DP Architects
Seow Lee Koon DP Architects
Tong Bin Sin DP Architects
Weng Xianping DP Architects
Yeo Yvonne DP Architects
Zic Chen DP Architects
P'Ng Siak Kheng DSA Architects
Chan Yip Seng Easton Design International
Michiel de Moel Elevating Studio
Olivia Teo Siew Choo EML Architects
Lee Wanling Far East Organisation
Teo Yang Haw Far East Organisation
Kee Jing Zhi Freight Architects
Ng Lee Ping German European School Singapore
Ong Ai Ting GuocoLand
Philip Chua Guocoland
Suzanne Lim GuocoLand
Sani Chang HCCH Consulting
Chin Hua Choo Housing & Development Board (HBD)
Evi Susanti Housing & Development Board (HBD)
Ricky Nagatie Housing & Development Board (HBD)
Chih Wen Hyphen Architects
Tim Denoon Ikano Retail Asia
Lim Chee Ming Institute of Mental Health
Ho Lih Liang International Design Studio
Chin Yew Chong IX Architects
Yip Mun Hon James Yip & Partners
Huang Jia-Yeu JYHa
Ray Nakada Kuraray
Shok Wan Mapletree
Budi Lee Meinhardt
Juneid Qureshi Meinhardt
Omar Shahzad Meinhardt
Riddhi Karmacharya Meinhardt
Roy Samuels Meinhardt
Lee Yat Luen MOH Holdings
Ammar Malek National University of Singapore
Azizul Izwan National University of Singapore
Cheah Kok Ming National University of Singapore
Hen Cheng Sin National University of Singapore
Katherine Chong National University of Singapore
Kim Hyeong Ill National University of Singapore
Na His-En National University of Singapore
Ryan Leong Wei Ren National University of Singapore
Swinal Samant National University of Singapore
Wang Yigeng National University of Singapore
April Siyin Tan Ong & Ong
Tan Ying Ying Ong & Ong
Lee Wah Fong P & T Consultants
Richard Soon P & T Consultants
Kwah Meng Ching Paper Plane + Designz
Lee Lian Hai Parkway Health
Tan Boon Pheng Perennial Real Estate
The Kan Wee Wagen Prow Architects
Rita Soh RDC Architects
Elias Nantes RSP Architects Planners & Engineers
Liu Thai Ker RSP Architects Planners & Engineers
Matthias Alexander RSP Architects Planners & Engineers
Quek Tse Kwang RT+Q Architects
Sudeesh Kala RWDI
Tjen Hian Ka SAA Architects
Koh Hau Yeow SC Global Developments
Andre Heng Scott Brownrigg
Matthew Humphreys Scott Brownrigg
Yvonne Tan Scott Brownrigg
Sim Hong Boon Sim & Associates Architects Planners & Engineers
Choy Rui Zhi Singapore Polytechnic
Elisabeth Choo Jia Min Singapore Polytechnic
Haziqah Binte Mohd Indra Singapore Polytechnic
Kieran Christopher Monteiro Singapore Polytechnic
Mah Zan Liang Singapore Polytechnic
Miko Pang Yun Xuan Singapore Polytechnic
Ng Wei Liang Singapore Polytechnic
Rachel Toh Singapore Polytechnic
Sean Ow Jou Chern Singapore Polytechnic
Teo Jia Li Cynthia Singapore Polytechnic
Caroline Singapore University of Technology & Design
Hendriko Teguh Singapore University of Technology & Design
Jing Ren Tan Singapore University of Technology & Design
Liliani Saputri Singapore University of Technology & Design
Zubin Khabazi Singapore University of Technology & Design
Ermanno Cirillo Soilbuild Group
Wang Tsai Ping Soilbuild Group
Iskandar Idris Super Assembly
Lim Chai Boon Swan & Maclaren
Fumiaki Kishida Takenaka Corporation
Tan Chung Hong TAN Architects
Melanie Leong Ten Architects
MingLi Koh Trelleborg Sealing Profiles
David Terenzio Turner International
M V Sukesh TYLin International
Chelsea Zheng Urban Redevelopment Authority
Clement Lim Urban Redevelopment Authority
Geraldine Chng Urban Redevelopment Authority
Larry Ng Lye Hock Urban Redevelopment Authority
Giovanni M Vigano Web Structures
Nessie Web Structures
Ben Redmond WOHA Architects
Daryl Venpin WOHA Architects
Jonathan Choe WOHA Architects
Muhamad Nicco Bin Homaili WOHA Architects
Phua Hong Wei WOHA Architects
Zeng Zhibin WOHA Architects
Tan Wei Chiang World Class Land
Hiroaki Komatsu YKK AP Singapore
Ammon Then
Benjamin Heng
Goh Wei Kiat
Lim Huijuan
Mazlin Ghazali
Michael Chang Choong Liam
Michelle Chan
Ng Wei Qi
Teo Tse Ji
Wong Yeh Rong