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CTBUH China Engages with Urban Vision 2018 International Summit in Wuhan

Sunday, 16 Septemer 2018

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Presenters and attendees of the Urban Vision of the Central Yanghtze River event gather for a photo.

WUHAN – On September 16, 2018, Urban Vision of the Central Yangtze River, a 2018 international design summit of architectural space co-organized by Wuhan Engineering Design Industry Alliance of China and Hubeui Yitian Architecture & Decoration Design Co., Ltd., was successfully held at Wuhan East Lake International Conference Center.

Leaders and guests included significant representation and involvement from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) China Office. Jiaqi Qu, Associate Director, CTBUH China, kicked off the summit with opening remarks to guests, who attended the conference on behalf of the Wuhan Municipal Committee Propaganda Department, Wuhan Urban and Rural Construction Commission and Wuchang District Committee Propaganda Department, Wuhan Engineering Design Industry Alliance of China, Wuhan City of Design Promotion Center, Hubei Provincial Federation Literary and Art Circles, Hubei Institute of Fine Arts, Wuhan Planning Design Institute, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan University of Technology, British Consulate-General Wuhan and the China National Interior Decoration Association (CIDA).

Jiaqi Qu, Associate Director, CTBUH China office, gives opening remarks.

The summit featured top design firms and real estate ventures with an influential presence in the central China region, as well as prominent academics from universities in Shanghai and Wuhan. The conference focused on three major themes: strategizing for the future of urban life, innovation and health, within the context of transformative and integrated urban spaces. Originally developed with the aim of advancing Wuhan’s status as a national central city and building the economy around the Yangtze River belt region, the summit has become a central tool in facilitating communication and the exchange of ideas between Wuhan and the global design industry.

In the morning, a round table meeting was held to encourage collaboration and the dissemination of ideas in the central Yangtze River region. Nearly fifty people attended the meeting, including leaders from Wuhan City of Design, “Central Yangtze River” project, top overseas design institutions, universities, and real estate enterprises in China.

Presenters shared their thoughts on a variety of topics relating to urban design and public space.

The afternoon included a series of engaging presentations at Huanghe Hall, which discussed visions of future urban developments for the central Yangtze River. Presenters included Stephen Pimbley, Founding Partner, SPARK Britain; Benjamin Viale, Director, AREP design; Jens Kump, Partner, HPP; and Professor Li Baofeng of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, who shared their research and thoughts on socially conscious urban design, applying TOD thinking, and the changing dynamic between dedicated workspace and home space.

May Wei, Vice President, CallisonRTKL, gives a talk entitled ”Earth & Sky, A New Urban Model” at Qingchuan Hall. Dennis Ho, Director, HASSELL, gives a presentation called “Release Potentiality of Urban Waterfront Space.”

Concurrently with the event at Huanghe Hall, a meeting at Qingchuan Hall was held by May Wei, Vice President, Callison RTKL; Dennis Ho, Director, HASSELL; Evan Gu, Technical Director, Gensler and CTBUH China Associate Director in Academic Affairs, Professor Zhendong Wang, Tongji University, who presented an in-depth discussion on the design of shared urban connections, waterfront spaces, high-rise buildings, and commercial complexes around the central Yangtze river.

Evan Gu, Technical Director, Gensler, shares his ideas on the “Double Sides of High-rise Architecture.”

CTBUH China Associate Director in Academic Affairs, Professor Zhendong Wang, Dean Assistant of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, gives a talk entitled “Efficiency Improving Strategies of Public Space within the Mixed-Use Complex."

The event concluded with a few remarks on the success of the event, and how having a forum for exchanging ideas had achieved its objective of promoting design in Wuhan as part of the “Central Yangtze River” project.

Attendees of the conference comprised a diverse range of disciplines, including interior designers, academics, and city officials.